Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-053

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 14, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Detective Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8094

    Bicyclist Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle

    The crash was the result of the driver losing control.
    • Sunday
    • February 13, 2011
    • Time: 1:46 PM
    • Fletcher Avenue and the Hillsborough River
    • Tampa, Fl


    Bicyclist: Green and White GT4000 Bicycle
    Robert J. Niedbalec
    DOB 1-9-59 (deceased)
    12704 Rain Forest Street
    Temple Terrace, FL 33617

    Vehicles Involved:

    Vehicle #1 2006 Ford Five Hundred

    Driver: Cristina Perenzuela
    DOB 11-23-90 (not injured)
    3713 Legacy Square, apt. 1607
    Tampa, FL

    Passenger: Lenoy Angel Rivera
    DOB 3-23-92 (not injured)
    3713 Legacy Square, apt. 1607
    Tampa, FL

    Vehicle #2 2001 Honda 4 door

    Driver: Armando Perez, Jr.
    DOB 2-20-76
    13015 Leeds Ct., apt. D2
    Tampa, FL


    On February 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM, a Ford Five Hundred driven by Cristina Perenzuela was traveling eastbound on Fletcher Ave. when she struck and killed Robert Niedbalec who was riding his bicycle eastbound on Fletcher Ave in the designated bicycle lane.

    Apparently the crash was a result of the Ford Five Hundred losing control while traveling at a high rate of speed in tandem with the 2001 Honda 4 door for at least 1/2 a mile and possibly further. It is still unclear if both vehicles were racing at the time of the crash.

    No charges have been filed pending further investigation.

    HCSO is asking for anyone who may have witnessed this crash or may have any additional information to please contact HCSO at 813- 247-8200.

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