Iraq vet killed by drunk driver inspires others with haunting New Year’s post

Matthew DeRemer (Photo: Facebook/Matthew DeRemer)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) — A Pinellas County Iraq war veteran was killed by an alleged drunk driver while riding his motorcycle on New Year’s Eve.

Just hours before being killed, 31-year-old Matthew DeRemer of St. Petersburg, went on Facebook to reflect on 2015 and outlined his plan to better himself in the coming year.

Matthew DeRemer (Photo: Facebook/Matthew DeRemer)
Matthew DeRemer (Photo: Facebook/Matthew DeRemer)

According to Florida Highway Patrol, DeRemer was traveling west on 102nd Ave. North passing through the intersection of 98/97th Street North at 7:55 p.m. New Year’s Eve, when a vehicle traveling eastbound on 102nd Ave. North turned left, crashing into DeRemer, who died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, 59-year-old Steven Lee Clarke of Seminole, was arrested on scene for DUI Manslaughter and failure to yield and taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Earlier that day, Matthew DeRemer posted a message of hope on Facebook, writing: “I look back at 2015’s huge challenges that I’ve overcome, shared with others, and have once again found myself.” He ended saying, “And I really don’t know where I’ll end up tonight but I do know where I windup is where I’m meant to be.”

Along with his message, he posted and image that reads: “We are born in 1 day. We die in 1 day. We can change in 1 day. And we can fall in love in 1 day. Anything can happen in just 1 day.”

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