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Police ID drunk pedestrian killed in St. Pete

St. Petersburg police have identified a homeless man who had a high blood-alcohol content when he was struck and killed Tuesday night while attempting to cross the road.

Police say Randy Lee Howell, 56, had a blood-alcohol content of .31 when he left the Checker’s restaurant on 66th Street around 8:30 p.m. and stepped onto the roadway outside the crosswalk near 38th Avenue.

Howell, who had ties to Nottingham, Pa., was struck by a 2003 BMW driven by 28-year-old Ramiz Suljic, of St. Petersburg, police say.

Howell, who was wearing dark clothing, walked westbound on 66th Street and into the path of Suljic, who police say attempted to swerve out of the way.

Howell was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he later died, police say.

Police say Suljic was not impaired at the time of the crash, and he is not facing charges.

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