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Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016
Crime & Courts

Second man arrested in death of Temple Terrace bicyclist


A second Tampa man has been arrested on a vehicular homicide charge in connection to the February death of 52-year-old bicyclist Robert Niedbalec.

Hillsborough County deputies arrested Armando Perez, 35, on Monday afternoon. Perez also was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with death.

Deputies said Perez and Lenoy Rivera, 19, were racing and tailgating each other Feb. 13 on Fletcher Avenue – with Rivera's Ford 500 reaching a top speed of 92 mph – when Rivera lost control of his vehicle and struck Niedbalec.

Niedbalec, a veterinarian and Temple Terrace resident, died at the scene, near the University of South Florida Riverfront Park.

"He was very quiet, he was very gentle and he was more of a listener than a talker," Niedbalec's wife Kathryn told The Tampa Tribune. "He had a funny sense of humor."

On Thursday, Rivera turned himself in at Orient Road Jail on charges of vehicular homicide and driving with a suspended license.

Kathryn Niedbalec said Friday that she was pleased by the charges. She said they were appropriate and long overdue.

jpoltilove@tampatrib.com (813) 259-7691

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