Prior to Matt's sentencing on January 7th, 2010, a presentation was created by the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance featuring the story of Matt's life called,"I'm That Guy"
Matt was "That Guy" who grew up achieving in every area of his life. He was a role model, active in his community, excelled in academics and athletics, earned himself a full scholarship to Temple University, and eventually signed a professional contract as a soccer player.
Now he is "That Guy," a drunk driver, who killed an innocent man
and who now resides in prison.
But the story doesn't end there...
Matthew has dedicated himself to honoring the memory of his victim, Mr. Hort Kap, by continuing the call of finding purpose in unspeakable tragedy. His story is compelling in that it exemplifies the power of forgiveness and redemption. It challenges us to ask ourselves: "Can my faith really sustain me in life-changing trials and uncertainty?" This story is a living example of how bad things can happen to good people. It's about choices, consequences and how our actions can change countless lives--for the good or bad. It offers hope and an eternal perspective in navigating the storms that enter our lives.
Matt has experienced what it means to go from the height of success to the depths of sorrow. He says, "If they told me I could leave prison tomorrow, I would refuse because God is teaching me so much and I have more to learn."
View Matt's blog as he writes from prison.
In the early hours of Saturday, March 7th, 2009, Matthew Maher made the fatal decision to drive his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Traveling at a high rate of speed on the Atlantic City Expressway, Matthew struck the vehicle of 55 year-old Hort Kap, husband and father of six children. Mr. Kap was pronounced dead at the scene and Matthew was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter. Matthew's poor decision to drink and drive would tragically change many lives. He was eventually sentenced to 5 years 5 months in prison, in which he must serve 85 percent of his time.
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