MEMORIALIZE YOUR LOVED ONES
The Dori Slosberg Foundation recognizes those whose lives have been lost as a result of a tragedy on our roadways. Please share with us the story of a loved one gone too soon and post his or her photo so that we can honor your family member or friend.
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DORI NICOLE SLOSBERG
We’ve been trying to get over you – It’ll take dying to get it done. We miss you, Dori. Our World is not the same without you.
Daddy, Mommy, Emily, Wendy, Skye, Howard, Soldier, and friends of our family plus, of course, your many friends who came in contact with you in your lifetime.
We lost a great one.
TYLER ALLEN SMITH
12/7/1992 – 7/19/2014
Tyler died tragically on July 19, 2014, in Davie after his motorcycle, a Kawasaki sports bike, crashed into a barrier wall on the I-595 express lane exit ramp. He was ejected, causing him to land on the shoulder of the southbound lanes on the Florida Turnpike below. He was 21 years old.
Tyler was joyful with a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious smile. He wanted to change the world, one person at a time, always willing to help a friend in need or a stranger in distress. Tyler was genuine and authentic. He walked his own path, a free-spirit preferring to march to his own internal drummer. If something displeased him, he would speak up about it. If he loved you, he told you that, too.
In addition to his affinity for motorcycles, Tyler was intrigued by physics and the mysteries of the universe. He asked tough questions and sought fact-based, scientific answers. He enjoyed watching the Discovery Channel.
Gifted in mathematics and analytical at an early age, Tyler taught himself how to rebuild and repair computers. The wheels of his clever, technical mind were always turning, finding inventive solutions to various electronic and computer-related problems. He loved X-Box gaming — particularly the Halo series and Titanfall — and enjoyed his work in tech support as a Subject Matter Expert for X-Box game systems.
Tyler is sorely missed and deeply loved. Forever 21.
Bergstein, Melissa, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life. That's Why You'll Always Stay Around. You Are The Apple Of My Eye Forever You'll Stay In My Heart. Our Angel, Melissa Chantal Natascha Bergstein was born on February 3, 1993 in Starnberg, Germany.
The Lord called his Angel back to heaven last Monday February 14, 2011.
Melissa was involved in a tragic car accident together with the love of her life, Mateo Londano.
Hundreds of people filled the waiting rooms, hallways and lobby praying for Melissa. Many were refused entry. Melissa's passing has brought together so many friends and loved ones. Only through her strength are we able to cope with our loss, hour by hour.
From the day she was born Melissa touched people's hearts with her smile, her beauty, and her special "Melissa Laugh" that everyone knew. From the day her little brother Bryan was born, she was his guardian Angel. Melissa and Bryan were inseparable from day one, attending the same schools, always hugging each other in the hallways, always taking care of each other. They were always each other's strength, and Melissa's strength and spirit continues to live in Bryan.
Melissa was an All American soccer player, playing club soccer for Team Boca since the age of 8, Valedictorian, member of the National Honor Society, and voted as the "prettiest face" in her senior year book. Accepted at numerous colleges Melissa was elated to be accepted to her number one choice, The University of Colorado, in Boulder. Melissa was an angel, tomboy, scholar-athlete, who loved 4 wheeling, wakeboarding, attending services at Victory Church, fishing, spending time at the beach, country music, skiing, and all sports.
Melissa comforted and inspired everyone that knew her to achieve their personal goals.
Melissa will be deeply missed by her family especially her parents, Nicole Van Den Bergh and Bernard Bergstein, and her best friend and brother Bryan Bergstein. Melissa's Aunts, Uncles and Cousins have traveled from Texas, Holland and Switzerland.
My son, Garrett was fishing on the side of a bridge along with Justin Mitchell to celebrate their 25th birthdays. When a man looking at his phone hit the bridge killing both boys. The man didn’t even know he had struck and killed them along with injuring the 3rd man. All because he was reading a message on his phone.
Driving is a Privilege, not a right. Laws must change to save lives.
I miss my son every moment of every day! He was also a wonderful big brother, whose loss of his life has affected his sister immensely. Garrett was a Chef at the Gaylord Palms Resort, with a Culinary Arts Degree, and a future as bright as his smile. Garrett was tender, compassionate, and loving. HIs job in life was to make you smile, and feel loved.
His last Facebook message was on Easter Sunday the night before he was killed (he was on born on Easter)
“HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE LET’S NOT FORGET WHAT THIS HOLIDAY IS ALL ABOUT. BEFORE YOU EAT OR GO TO BED REMEMBER TO PRAY GIVING THANKS TO GOD FOR SENDING HIS ONLY SON TO DIE FOR OUR SINS AND RISE FROM THAT TOMB. #JESUS LOVES YOU EVEN IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE.” R. Garrett Viccaro 3/31/13
Please fight to change the laws to save lives. It could be yours!
MATTHEW THOMAS KORNYA
The light will guide you. . . .Matt was a beacon of light in many people lives. He will always shine brightly in our eyes.
Matt was 15 years old and a sophomore at Wellington Community High School. He was an extremely bright yet witty teen. Matt was secretary of his class and a Member of The Key Club. He had a love for life and a love for people. His smile could light up any room and brighten anyone’s day. No one was a stranger to Matt. A handshake was a proper gesture but Matt preferred hugs. He played various sports through the many phases of his life. His favorites being kite surfing and golf. However, his first love was fishing. It was his love for the sport that led him to become an avid Guy Harvey fan. He admired Guy’s love of the ocean and his artistic ability. His wardrobe consisted simply of Guy Harvey tees.
On November 7th, 2009 Matt was involved in a rollover accident. He, unfortunately, was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Matt died at the scene. Matt will forever be in our hearts. Accidents such as this are preventable. Think of safety first whenever your behind the wheel of any vehicle.
WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT !!
It could simply be the hug of your life!!
THOMAS J. COADY
Thomas J. Coady was a Senior and Biology (pre-medicine) major at the University of Florida when he and his passenger (also a UF Senior and Biology/Pre-med major) collided with a pickup truck while driving his motorcycle through a Florida intersection on December 5, 2014. Both died of traumatic brain injuries as a result of the crash. Thomas worked in healthcare disparities and advocated for healthcare for the underserved. He is missed and loved beyond words. Motorcycles are often lone lights on a dark roadway. Drive safely. Be aware. #thinkbike
LIFE IS A SONG. LOVE IS THE MUSIC. CAMERON IS FOREVER THE MUSIC.
Cameron was an extremely loving, compassionate and high spirited young man. Music was his passion and he played four instruments – the guitar, piano, drums, and trumpet. His family and friends always came first in Cameron’s life.
On March 8th, 2008, Cameron had been with his family at a Foreigner concert, his family not knowing it would be the last time they would see him alive. He left to go hang out with friends. They were at an apartment complex where some shopping carts had been left out. Cameron made a choice to get inside a shopping cart and hold onto the side of the car. This is one form of car surfing. The driver took him approximately 30 mph over a speed bump. Cameron was thrown 27 feet and died instantly from massive head injuries. Those who love him are devastated.
Car surfing is defined as riding on the outside of a moving vehicle. This happens more than people realize! YouTube is inundated with videos of teens car surfing in various ways. It is deadly, even at slow speeds. It is a growing and disturbing trend with the CDC first releasing statistics in October 2008.
What is car surfing? A Deadly Ride!
MATT IS LOVED AS HIGH AS THE SKY AND DEEP AS THE OCEAN.
Matt was a senior at Florida State University, studying to be a Marine Biologist. Matt loved to live life. He studied hard and played hard. Matt made a significant research discovery while interning with NOAA that scientists believe will help save the coral reefs in our oceans. Matt was a handsome, bright, kind young man who had just begun to touch the world!
On December 21, 2006, someone made a choice to get into his car after spending the evening drinking. Twenty-one-year-old Matt was traveling to West Palm Beach with friends to do something he loved to do, SCUBA dive. They were stuck in traffic on I-95 when the drunk driver, going 70 MPH, crashed into the back of their car. Matt was riding in the backseat, wearing his seatbelt. He suffered extensive brain injuries and was in a coma on life support for a week. On December 29, 2006, Matthew Beard tragically died from his injuries. This bright young man had so much more to give and this world has certainly lost because someone made a conscious choice to drink and drive. Matt’s life was taken from him and his mother was left with only memories of her son, her only child, because of a senseless, preventable and violent crime.
Drunk Driving. It is not an accident it is a crash. It is not a mistake it is a choice. Be responsible, don’t be selfish.
My oldest son Vincenzo, forever 22, passed away 9/6/15. He, his girlfriend Morgan and friend Kevin died together as passengers in a car accident.
Kevin, your smile and your funny ways will never be forgotten. Gone too soon. The loss of your life has changed me forever and I have committed what time I have left on this earth to make sure that others learn of the dangers behind the wheel.
Loved forever, Mom
CHRISTINA OLIVER JOSEPH, SHONTERIA GRIMSLEY, JASON MAHLUNG, MAKITA CAMPBELL, ORANE CUMMINGS
I-95 Riviera Beach- April 13, 2013
In Loving Memory of Marc Jacques 12/22/82 to 1/10/2015.
On Friday, January 9, 2015, at approximately 7:00 p.m. my son Marc Jacques, age 32 was in a tragic automobile accident. He was traveling on Palm Beach Blvd on his way home from work when he was struck from behind while driving his scooter. The driver of the automobile who struck my son was going down Palm Beach Blvd at a high rate of speed while talking on his cell phone. My son later died at the hospital from his injuries. It was a senseless accident that should have never had happened. If this person was not on their phone at the time my son would still be here today smiling at everyone he met. I ask that each person who reads this post will raise awareness of the dangers of texting or talking on cell phones while driving.
Boca Firefighter, 50, tragically dies in bicycle accident
Written by: JILL BRUCKER
August 24, 2016, at 9:26 am
My daughter died on JANUARY 9,2007. HER NAME IS HAYLEE BRUCKER. SHE WAS THE DRIVER OF A CAR ON I 95 AND DONALD ROSS ROAD. ON FEBRUARY 19,2007 SHE WOULD HAVE TURNED 18. SHE IS NOW IN HEAVEN WITH HER FATHER RICHARD, AND HER GRANDPARENTS ELLIE AND FRANK SHUMAN. I WAS A MOTHER TO AN ONLY CHILD AND I WILL FOREVER HOLD HER IN MY HEART, UNTIL THE DAY IAM WITH HER I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO HUG HER WITH MY ARMS.
JUSTIN LAINE MITCHELL
Justin Laine Mitchell, 25 was killed April 1, 2013, by a texting/distracted driver. Our Laws must change in Florida, to help prevent these senseless accidents. Much hard work ahead in the years to come to make a difference, someone's life is worth it! Justin's life was worth saving, maybe I can save someone.