MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Facebook post of an Iraq war veteran killed in a Florida DUI crash has gone viral.READ MORE: 25 Years Later, Families, First Responders To Remember ValuJet Crash In Everglades
Matthew Deremer, 31, died on New Year’s Eve after the motorcycle he was on collided with a car in Largo, Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The same day of his death, Deremer posted a heartbreaking message on his Facebook page.
“Last day of 2015!!!! For me I’ll be meditating through all I do, on this entire year. I’ve lost, I’ve gained, family is closer and tougher than ever before, loved ones lost, and new friends found. There has been many times where I’ve been found on my knees in prayer for hours (relentless) and other times leading a group of people in prayer, my faith (that I love to share) is an everyday awakening (to me) that people, lives, and circumstances can change for the better OVER TIME. I look back at 2015’s huge challenges that I’ve overcome, shared with others, and have once again found myself… To say thank you and BRING ON 2016, much works to be done!READ MORE: Psychiatric Hospital Employee Arrested, Charged With Sexual Battery Of Female Patient
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😋,” he said in the post.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said he died around 8 p.m. that same day.
Officials said a man was arrested in connection to the crash – 59-year old Steven Lee Clarke.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Clarke was driving under the influence of alcohol when he slammed into Deremer who was on his motorcycle at the time. Deremer was declared dead at the scene.MORE NEWS: Local 18-Year-Old Rapper Jahjah Shot Overnight Outside His Home Near Fort Lauderdale
Clarke is now facing a charge of driving under the influence – manslaughter.