Palm Beach, FL (PPN) – A judge sentenced Matthew Notebaert, 33, to five years in prison Wednesday for a 2014 wreck that killed his wife as they had sex while he drove unude the influence of alcohol. The Loxahatchee man and his wife, Amanda Notebaert, have a 12-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter together.
Notebaert BAC was twice the legal limit; marijuana was also in his system.
Judge Laura Johnson called the case one of “the most senseless, tragic acts” she has ever come across.
“I miss her more than words can express,” Matthew Notebaert said during a tearful plea to Judge Johnson.
Amanda’s aunt said the two were madly in love and she would not have wanted him to go to jail.
Notebaert reported that he and his wife were celebrating.
It was her first night back out after giving birth to their second child. They went to a concert to celebrate with the tickets he got her on Valentine’s Day. They put a small flask of Crown Royal in her purse and illegally carried into the concert and got pass security.
As they were driving on Southern Boulevard, they became intimate. His last memory was of her sitting in his lap, turning the wheel, right before waking up in a crashed car next to her dead body.
Notebaert turned onto East Stallion Drive at about 12:30 a.m. and sped in the couple’s Chevrolet Equinox at 55 mph in a 30 mile per hour zone, knocking down 3 red posted signs on the dirt road warning of a canal ahead.
The car hit the canal back hard, forcing the SUV to go airborne for 30 feet before landing on the opposite bank of the canal. Amanda Notebaert’s died at the scene, her head hit the dashboard and windshield.