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Impaired driver kills man walking bike across Seminole Boulevard, deputies say

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says the driver had clonazepam with him but could not produce a prescription.
A pedestrian died Saturday night while walking his bike across Seminole Boulevard.
A pedestrian died Saturday night while walking his bike across Seminole Boulevard. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and LUIS SANTANA | Times ] ]
Published Aug. 29
Updated Aug. 29

SEMINOLE — A 44-year-old man was killed Saturday night after being struck by an impaired driver while walking his bicycle across Seminole Boulevard, deputies say.

Nole Karcher was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at Seminole Boulevard and 53rd Avenue N, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident took place about 11:30 p.m., when Karcher was walking his bicycle across the southbound lanes of Seminole Boulevard, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was not using a crosswalk at the time.

Brian Thomas, 46, was driving a 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander south on Seminole Boulevard at the time. The SUV driver then struck the pedestrian in the roadway, deputies say.

Thomas, of Kenneth City, showed signs of impairment and speed was also a factor in the incident, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say the driver was in possession several pills including clonazepam, a tranquilizer used to treat seizures and anxiety, but he could not produce a prescription. There was no indication the driver was under the influence of alcohol, according to arrest reports. Thomas failed some field sobriety exercises, deputies say, and refused to take others.

He was arrested on charges of DUI involving death and possession of clonazepam, according to jail records. He was booked into the Pinellas County jail.