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Couple In Fatal Crash Were Intoxicated, Naked Below The Waist: Police

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Matthew Notebaert (right) and wife Amanda (left)
Matthew Notebaert (right) and wife Amanda (left)

Police have released new information regarding a car crash in South Florida that killed a young mother.

Amanda Notebaert, 31, died after a sedan driven by her 30-year-old husband, Matthew, plowed into a canal March 9. The couple had attended a concert that night, and police have now confirmed that they were intoxicated when the fatal crash occurred.

In an arrest affidavit obtained by the Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies say that Matthew Notebaert and his wife had THC and alcohol in their systems, and were both naked from the waist down when they crashed. They said Amanda was on her husband's lap when he sped the car off a dead-end dirt road and into the far side of a canal.

The newspaper reports:

Neither of the Notebaerts were wearing seatbelts and both were naked from the waist down... Amanda Notebaert's head hit the dashboard and windshield, while Matthew Notebaert's knees were crushed by the lower part of the dashboard. She died at the scene.

A toxicology report showed that Notebaert had a blood-alcohol level of .135 to .163 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent. He was arrested Wednesday and now faces charges including DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

The couple have two young children, ages 9 and 7 months.

Notebaert wept openly in court during his arraignment Thursday as his attorney told the judge that he just wanted "to get back to his kids."

"They're a young couple that just had a baby," neighbor Charlie Smith told WPBF after the crash. "It’s very, very sad.”

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