Monday, February 13, 2012

One-Year Anniversary of Bicyclist's Death

One year ago today, two motorists racing down Fletcher Avenue and driving erractically between 42nd Street and I-75 outside Tampa led to the death of veterinarian Robert Niedbalec of Temple Terrace who was killed while riding his bicycle in the bike lane by one of the drivers.

SWFBUD thanks the hard work of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, which arrested the drivers a few months ago.

Here is the HCSO press release on the arrest of the drivers in connection with Robert's death.

Daniel M., who lived in the area, installed the ghost bike in Robert's memory.

RIP Robert.

1 comment:

Jose said...

I met some of Dr. Niedbalec's family and friends last year at the memorial ride/walk that they held at Lettuce Lake Park. I hope time helps them find some peace.

Tragically, February 13th will now be the anniversary of another cyclist's death too. About 2 o'clock on Monday afternoon, 18-year-old Jessica Wortman was killed when she tried to cross U.S. 41 in Ruskin and rode into the path of a PT Cruiser. She's the 2nd cyclist killed in a traffic crash in Hillsborough County this year.

Tampa Bay Times story

Bay News 9 story (Warning: Includes an aerial photo of the crash scene.)