Crash Kills Cyclist Near USF’s Riverfront Park

Tampa Bay News has reported that a bicyclist died Sunday afternoon after being struck by a car traveling at a high rate of speed just outside a park near USF, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The auto accident happened about 1:45 p.m. at the entrance of the University of South Florida Riverfront Park, on Fletcher Avenue east of 56th Street, near the Hillsborough River.

Robert J. Niebalec, 52, of Temple Terrace, was riding his bicycle east on Fletcher on the paved shoulder. Two vehicles were heading in the same direction, said sheriff’s Cpl. Michael Cherup.

One of the vehicles, a 2006 black Ford 500 driven by Christina Perenzuela, 20, of Tampa, went out of control, hit the bicyclist and ended up on the other side of the road, Cherup said.

She was driving at a high rate of speed in tandem with a 2001 four-door Honda driven by Armando Perez Jr., 34, of Tampa. They traveled for a half-mile or possibly more, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators are not sure if the two vehicles were racing at the time of the auto accident, the sheriff’s office said. No charges have been filed, but the case remains under investigation.

Auto Accidents involving bicycles are not rare in the Tampa area. Motorist often forget that bicyclist have the same rights of a car when in traffic. On the other hand bicyclists sometimes fail to obey the rules of the road as well. It is a dangerous situation for the driver and bicyclist.   If you are ever a victim of a bicycle accident or injured in an auto accident call Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes for a FREE Consultation.

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