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Veteran’s Final Facebook Post Goes Viral After DUI Death NYE

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U.S. Marine veteran, Matthew DeRemer, 31, died New Year’s Eve after Steven Lee Clarke, 59, struck him in a drunk driving accident in Key Largo, Florida, reports Tampa Bay Times. Clarke has since been arrested and charged with driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department, officials stated.

DeRemer, who left the Marines in 2010, had recently found a job as a surgical technician at the West Bay Surgical Center. Like so many, after a tough 2015, he was ready to tackle the new year with faith and a positive mindset. Sadly, he never got the chance to continue that journey.

Related: Drunk Driving Accidents & Statistics Infographic

Florida Veteran’s Facebook Post Goes Viral

DUI accidents happen a lot more than they should, but what made this incident so intriguing was the final Facebook post that Matthew DeRemer had posted earlier that day on New Year’s Eve.

“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!

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.”

Final Facebook Post Goes Viral























After Matthew’s death, friends started to share his message to show their love and pay their respects. Since then, DeRemer’s New Year’s Eve post has been shared over 20,000 times and counting.










Any death as a result of a DUI accident is tragic and 100% preventable. This final – now viral – Facebook post has touched many lives on various levels while also bringing to the surface that even more attention still needs to be focused on helping to get drunk drivers off the roads. One way to do so is to continue to educate and bring awareness to communities about the dangers of drunk driving; another is to get treatment for those who are suffering from alcoholism. Many times an alcoholic who cannot stop drinking on their own will drive in a black out state – unaware that they are even behind the wheel – while other times they are so intoxicated they aren’t even aware that they cannot actually operate the vehicle.

If you, or someone you love, struggles with drinking then it’s time to get help.It can be difficult for someone who has never been so inebriated or has suffered from alcoholism to understand what happens to an alcoholic during their drinking, which is why professional help is needed when combating the disease of alcoholism. One of the best ways to help prevent drunk driving accidents and save the lives of those like Matthew, is to get help for your or your loved one’s drinking problem.

24/7 Alcohol Abuse Helpline: 1-800-861-1768

Please help prevent drunk driving accidents by not drinking and driving, and by getting help if alcoholism has become the problem.

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