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Bloomingdale Avenue crash victims were longtime friends

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Published:   |   Updated: February 10, 2014 at 04:30 PM

BRANDON — David “Casey” Martin was the kind of guy a friend could always count on, his mother Donna Martin said. So, when his longtime friend Catherine “Cat” Loux called him early Sunday morning to come pick her up, that’s what he did.

The two were killed on Bloomingdale Avenue near Kings Avenue about 4:30 a.m. when his car went off of the road and slammed into a utility pole.

Martin, 21, was hoping to join the Army and become a nurse. Meanwhile, he had been job-hopping and living in Valrico, trying to learn to live on his own, Donna Martin said. He attended Bloomingdale High School and played soccer for years with the Brandon Area Youth Soccer League until he turned 18.

Donna Martin knew Loux and said the 20-year-old Lithia woman had been friends with her son for years. “Cat was a great girl, too. Our deepest regrets go out to her family.”

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officials say Martin was driving a 1996 Jaguar at a high rate of speed just before the accident. The car split in two when it hit the power pole, which also broke in half, according to reports.

Donna Martin said the Jaguar did not belong to her son and was likely a car he had borrowed from a friend to go pick up Loux, just a few blocks from where he had been visiting with friends. She had few other details.

She and her husband, David, were working early Monday afternoon to make funeral arrangements for their son.

Loux’s family could not be reached for comment.

“One of the really hard parts about this whole thing is that out of his group of 20 close friends, most of them are all dead,” Martin’s mother said. Some have died in car crashes, others died from drug overdoses, she said. “He has had so much tragedy in his life. He spent way too much time going to funerals.”

Donna Martin said the crash occurred right across from Paul Sanders Park, where she and her husband had hosted a big birthday party for Casey when he was young. “He got so many presents that he gave some of them away and never wanted birthday presents after that.”

“He was just a great friend and a great big brother to his three little sisters,” Marie, 16, Olivia, 14 and Abigael, 13.

yhammett@tampatrib.com

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