SENSELESS DEATH, BUT IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO …
Matthew Notebaert has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for the death of his wife in a fatal DUI car crash. But there is more. The incident took place in 2014 where according to arrest reports, Notebaert was drunk and high on marijuana when he slammed the couple’s 2006 Chevrolet Equinox into a canal embankment just after midnight March 9,2014 at the end of East Stallion Drive one block north of the couple’s Loxahatchee home. A toxicology report showed Notebaert’s blood alcohol was at .149 three hours after the crash, nearly twice the level at which Florida drivers are presumed impaired. But wait, there is even more. Rescue workers who arrived at the scene found both Notebaert and his wife, who was riding in his lap, naked from the waist down. Hmm.
Talk about your bad decisions that will echo forever …
Calling it one of “the most senseless, tragic acts” she’s ever come across, a Palm Beach County judge sentenced a 33-year-old Loxahatchee husband and father to five years in prison Wednesday for a 2014 wreck that killed his wife as they had sex while he drove drunk.
The sentence for Matthew Notebaert came just over three years after the death of his wife, Amanda, in a crash that left their two children without a mother and caused a deep rift between the couple’s families that even on Wednesday had her closest friends and relatives split into two camps.
Some, like Amanda Notebaert’s parents and grandmother, said her husband was to blame not just for the crash but for “taking bad advice” in the aftermath and alienating the couple’s two children from the loved ones of the woman he called his best friend.
Others, like the 31-year-old’s aunt and her closest friends, said the couple was madly in love until the moment Amanda Notebaert died, and she wouldn’t have wanted him to go to jail.