MAIT Investigation

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

Francine Mashtare (Driver – Arrested)
DOB: 10/26/1967
Vehicle: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro
Charge: DUI Manslaughter

Thomas Rothwell (Pedestrian – Deceased)
DOB: 02/21/1951

PINELLAS COUNTY - On Thursday, December 16, 2021 at approximately 12:49 a.m., deputies responded to the intersection of Park Boulevard and Starkey Road in Seminole for a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.

According to investigators, 54-year-old Francine Mashtare was driving westbound on Park Boulevard approaching Starkey Road, in a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. The pedestrian, 70-year-old Thomas Rothwell was crossing Park Boulevard northbound in the area of a designated crosswalk.

Investigators say Mashtare struck Rothwell with the front driver’s side of her vehicle. Rothwell was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Mashtare showed indicators of impairment and was arrested. She was transported to the Pinellas County Jail where she is held on one count of DUI Manslaughter.

Next of kin has been notified.

The investigation continues.

Mashtare’s booking photo was not available at the time of this release.

Posted by Amanda Sinni Thursday, December 16, 2021 6:28:00 AM Categories: Vehicle Crashes

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