MAIT Investigation

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team

Nole Karcher (Pedestrian Victim – Deceased) 
DOB: 12/15/1976
Vehicle: Trek Bicycle

Brian Thomas (Suspect – Arrested)
DOB: 10/22/1974
Address: 4143 56th Street North Unit 1004, Kenneth City
Vehicle: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
Charge: DUI with death

PINELLAS COUNTY – On August 28, 2021, at approximately 11:28 p.m, deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) responded to 5316 Seminole Boulevard to investigate a fatal crash.

According to investigators, 44-year-old pedestrian Nole Karcher was walking his bicycle from east to west across Seminole Boulevard, not in a designated crosswalk. 46-year-old Brian Thomas was driving southbound on Seminole Boulevard and struck Karcher. Karcher was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators say Thomas showed signs of impairment and a DUI Investigation was conducted. Deputies arrested Thomas and transported him to the Pinellas County Jail, charging him with DUI with death.

According to investigators, speed and impairment appear to be factors in the crash.

Next of kin has been notified.

The investigation continues. 

A booking photo was not available at the time of this release.

Posted by Amanda Sinni Sunday, August 29, 2021 5:00:00 AM Categories: Vehicle Crashes

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