Child Porn Suspect Killed in Sarasota Crash

SARASOTA -- A man arrested last week on child pornography charges is dead, as the result of an early Monday morning crash on I-75 between the Fruitville and Bee Ridge Road exits.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Gerald Nicolas, 65, ran from the right southbound shoulder of I-75 into traffic, around 2:45 a.m. Nicolas was struck by the front end of a Mack truck and died at the scene.

At this point troopers, don't know whether alcohol was a factor.

Back on February 19th, deputies executed a search warrant and found child porn on two laptops and two thumb drives. Nicolas was charged with 50 counts.

The truck driver wasn't hurt. The accident is still under investigation.

Photo: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

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