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Hillsborough deputies clear woman in February bicyclist death, say man was behind the wheel

TAMPA — Deputies cleared a 20-year-old woman of vehicular homicide charges and arrested a man in connection with the Feb. 13 crash that killed a bicyclist.

Witnesses told the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office they saw a young man climbing out of the driver's side window of a 2006 Ford Five Hundred just after the car struck 52-year-old veterinarian Robert Niedbalec in the eastbound bicycle lane near the University of South Florida's Riverfront Park.

Originally, officers charged 20-year-old Cristina Perenzuela with racing Armando Perez Jr., 35, of Tampa, on Fletcher Avenue and striking Niedbalec.

But the investigators now say Lenoy Angel Rivera, 19, of Tampa, was the driver. The Airbag Control Module in the Ford Five Hundred showed a maximum speed of 92 miles per hour just prior to the crash, deputies said. Witnesses said the two cars were weaving through lanes and tailgating as if they were racing.

Rivera's license was suspended at the time of the accident. He turned himself in to the Hillsborough County Jail Thursday and was charged with vehicular homicide and driving with a license suspended or revoked.

Hillsborough deputies clear woman in February bicyclist death, say man was behind the wheel 11/04/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 4, 2011 5:14pm]
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