Police: Riverview dentist Matthew Moye was impaired at time of deadly crash

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Tampa, Florida --  New documents released by the State Attorney's Office show Riverview dentist Matthew Moye was legally impaired when he struck two pedestrians on the Harbour Island Bridge.

The fatal crash happened just before 2 a.m. on October 30th of last year.

23-year-old Douglas Kozar and his co-worker, 24-year-old Kate Kohlier were leaving work at the Marriott Waterside and walking toward their cars when police say Moye hit them at a high rate of speed.

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The documents show a sensor in Moye's 2011 Cadillac CTS indicate the car reached speeds of 89 miles an hour two seconds before impact.

A half second before, the sensor read 84 miles per hour, according to the documents.

Even though Moye denied he had anything to drink that night, telling officers "He was not drinking, that he was the designated driver, and that he had been trying to avoid an accident", an analysis of his blood shows he had a .134 and .133 blood alcohol content.

Since he refused to take a breathalyzer test on scene, he was ordered to give a sample of his blood.

Police dashcam video shows Moye, handcuffed, as the officer explains to him that they'll still be taking a blood sample because of the fatalities.

"I don't know if you know this or not, but as a result of this traffic crash up here, two people are dead," the officer is heard telling Moye.

"Are you serious," he asks quietly.

"I'm very serious," the officer responded.

As Moye was being questioned, his wife, Kelly Moye, sat on a bench near the crash scene and an officer wrote that he heard her say,  "My poor car, I worked so hard for it.  Look at it now.  What am I going to do?" 

Kelly stated, "Oh My God, look at my car.  I told Matt not to drive, I told him he shouldn't of drove.  But look at my car... My poor hundred thousand car is totaled.  I worked so hard for that."

This was before she realized two lives had been lost.

Another passenger in the car, Rachel Sady, tried to walk away from the crash scene, according to the arrest documents.

As the officer tried to pull her back to the scene, he says, "Sady told me to [expletive] off.  'I am going home.'"  She was then detained and handcuffed.

Moye's wife was also detained and handcuffed after officers say she jumped on an officer's back as he tried to handcuff her husband, who was not cooperating.

Kelly Moye is heard on a taped interview with detectives saying, "There were three officers wrestling him down, which got me aggravated so I ran over there and they wrestled me down and put me in handcuffs."

In that same taped interview, Kelly Moye is also heard telling detectives that they were leaving the 13 Ugly Men party at the Sheraton and were probably going to Jackson's.

"I basically dragged him to the party," Moye told the detective.

When asked if he seemed impaired, she said, "No."

Moye is also heard saying they were looking for another party because the downtown party was "sort of lame."  Which party she is referring to is not audible.

She is also heard telling detectives they wanted to find a party with more elaborate costumes so they would fit in.

Moye is facing two counts of DUI Manslaughter, two counts of Vehicular Homicide and one count of DUI with injury and 1 count of Battery on LEO.

A third pedestrian, Joao Barbosa was narrowly missed by the speeding car.  He was able to jump out of the way.

Kozar was hit so hard, his body was thrown over the bridge and onto a metal retaining fence on the side of the bridge.  It took minutes for authorities to find him, according to the reports.

He died as a result of the impact, causing a laceration to his heart.

The reports show, Kohlier died as a result of lacerated brain stem, from the impact of the crash.

Moye's next court date is in April.  He has pleaded not guilty.

Kozar's parents recently announced an endowed scholarship at the University of Tampa in his name.

Kozar had recently graduated from UT. "We decided we wanted to do something that we would keep Doug's memory alive," his father, Russ Kozar, said.  "We wanted to do something that was somehow affiliated with UT.  He absolutely loved the school."

The Douglas J. Kozar Memorial Endowed Scholarship is a need based scholarship that will go to a junior criminology or criminal justice major beginning in fall 2012.

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