A Florida man’s Facebook post went viral after posting that “[a]nything can happen in one day” before being killed hours later by an alleged drunk driver, according to the New York Daily News. At approximately 8:30 p.m. on December 31, 2015, Matthew DeRemer, 33, of Seminole, was on his way home on his motorcycle when he was struck by a “vehicle driven by 59-year-old Steven Lee Clarke,” who is also of Seminole.
Police officials say that as the alleged drunk driver was travelling on County Road 296 and 97th Street, he failed to yield before making a turn, which caused him to crash into DeRemer’s motorcycle, killing him.
However, just hours before the Iraq war veteran was killed in a motorcycle crash, he posted a Facebook status saying, “We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.”
He went on to add, “[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.”
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“Little did you know, you would be in heaven,” said a Facebook user after learning the Iraq war veteran died hours after he posted a touching Facebook post, which has since gone viral with over 20,000 shares and more than 60,000 likes.
Another social media user stated that he “basically wrote his own obituary”. Other users were touched by DeRemer’s Facebook post, including Ryann Cushway, who had never met the veteran.
He wrote, “So much emotion right now, and we never even met. My brother in Christ. The last words of your post will be an inspiration and encouragement to me. See u on the other side brother.”
“Our prayers, love and condolences to your friends and family.”
After DeRemer’s posted the viral Facebook post, he later added that his ultimate “[g]oal for this year, while battling all obstacles, is to redefine my life by living as selfless as possible. Life, it isn’t about me or my wants, it’s about all the people who need love in their lives that been lost over time. Lol this morning has been the most uplifting morning in a long time!”
According to NBC News, DeRemer’s 33-year-old sister, Lynsey DeRemer, said that her brother was elated to start the New Year with a closer relationship to God and a new career as a surgical technician.
“We knew he had a very big personality,” Lynsey later added. “He was like a magnet for people. But to see the kind of testimony he had, it does give us peace.”
Some people would find DeRemer’s final Facebook post that went viral to be eerie, but to others, it brought on comfort, especially to his friends and family, including a few strangers.
One user wrote, “His last sentence has me speechless. What a beautiful soul.”
Another user agreed, replying, “The words from this post should be a example for all of us to go by.”
Neysa Shilling, who was DeRemer’s friend, said, “He was awesome. No words can describe how he was. How full of energy he was. He was just a ray of sunshine. Words cannot express what he wrote. Like it was to the point of what was going to happen to him and it’s incredible. His tattoo on his forearm you know John 14:12 that he’s gonna be with the Father and I know that’s where he’s at. My angel has wings now.”
After Matthew DeRemer’s untimely death, a memorial was held at the intersection where he was killed. His funeral is scheduled for January 16 in St. Petersburg at a local church, according to his family.
The alleged drunk driver, Steven Lee Clarke, was arrested after causing the fatal crash and charged with DUI manslaughter. However, he has since been released on $20,000 bail.
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