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14-111 M.A.I.T. Investigates Fatal Vehicle Vs. Bicycle Crash In Oldsmar

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.)

Vitalii Karpenko (Deceased Bicyclist)
DOB: 07/25/1984
Address: 2545 NE Coachman Road, Apt. 197, Clearwater

William Cowan (Driver)
DOB: 04/30/1961
Address: 12422 Heron Bayou Drive, Tampa
Vehicle: 2011 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup

What:
Deputies assigned to the Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a fatal vehicle vs bicycle crash in Oldsmar. The biclyclist has died.

When:
The crash occurred at about 9:45 p.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Where:
The crash occurred at 3689 Tampa Road in Oldsmar.

Why/How:
According to investigators, 53-year-old William Cowan was exiting a driveway access at 3689 Tampa Road and was attempting a westbound turn onto Tampa Road. 29-year-old Vitalii Karpenko was riding a bicycle eastbound on the north sidewalk of Tampa Road. As Cowan began to accelerate his Dodge Ram Pickup, he struck Karpenko who was attempting to cross the driveway access in front of Cowan’s vehicle. Karpenko became pinned under Cowan’s vehicle and suffered fatal injuries.

Detectives say alcohol may be a contributing factor in the crash.

The investigation continues.

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