OLDSMAR – A 29-year-old Clearwater man died Friday morning after a truck hit him at 3689 Tampa Road in Oldsmar.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team report that William Cowan, 53, exited a driveway access and attempted a westbound turn onto Tampa Road about 9:45 a.m. At the same time, 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.