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Driver convicted in 2011 bicycle fatality near USF

TAMPA — Nearly three years after a car going more than 90 mph struck and killed a bicyclist near University of South Florida's Riverfront Park, a jury has convicted the driver of vehicular homicide.

Lenoy Angel Rivera, 21, is scheduled to be sentenced March 7 for the felony conviction. He was also found guilty of driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor.

Authorities say Rivera appeared to be racing another car on Feb. 13, 2011, as they traveled east on Fletcher Avenue, with both vehicles speeding, tailgating and changing lanes.

Rivera lost control and struck cyclist Robert Niedbalec, 52, a Temple Terrace veterinarian and black-belt instructor, who was riding in a designated bicycle lane. Niedbalec died at the scene.

The driver of the second car, Armando Perez Jr., 37, was charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident with a death. He pleaded not guilty and his case has not gone to trial.

Driver convicted in 2011 bicycle fatality near USF 02/03/14 [Last modified: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:50pm]
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