Man Gets 13 Years In Prison For Drag-Racing Death

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for a drag-racing crash that left a bicyclist dead.

A Hillsborough County judge sentenced 21-year-old Lenoy Rivera on Friday. He was convicted last month of vehicular homicide.

Authorities said Rivera was drag racing against Armando Perez Jr. near the University of South Florida’s Riverfront Park in February 2011 when his Ford Five Hundred reached a top speed of 92 mph in a 50 mph zone. Rivera lost control and struck 52-year-old Robert Niedbalec, who was riding his bicycle. Perez faces a trial at a later date.

Rivera attorney argued for a reduced sentence because he was only 18 at the time of the crash and was extremely remorseful about what happened.

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