ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) — Suicide and depression will be on the minds of many this coming weekend as the annual “Out of the Darkness Walks” takes place in downtown St. Petersburg.
One woman leading a team of walkers is the wife of a high-profile chiropractic doctor who took his own life nearly one-year ago. Dr. William LaTorre could never seem to shake the darkness of an accident that happened nearly a quarter of a century ago.
“People just loved him for him because you knew if you walked into the room you were going to be joyous, you were going to laugh, but that boat accident never left him,” said his widow Wendy LaTorre.
Dr. Bill Latorre’s wife Wendy is talking about when her husband made headlines on Memorial Day weekend in 1989. He was involved in a boat collision that claimed the lives of four teenagers. His attorney at the time, Barry Cohen, recalls how the parents of the kids used to stare at him in court with pain in their eyes. LaTorre was eventually found not guilty.
“That burden of being in that accident alone was one thing, but he was judged so harshly, and that was another,” said Wendy LaTorre.
After the accident LaTorre dedicated his life to helping others, but the PTSD and depression lingered, haunting him, no matter how much Dr. LaToree tried to hide it, which is common with people who take their own life.
“It’s not one of these things where you can say ‘If I had only known,’ because you don’t,” said his Wendy LaTorre.
Now almost a year to date of her husband’s suicide, LaTorre wants to share his story to help others. “If by telling my story, one person gets help, then it would have made Billy proud,” she said.