Lakewood Ranch Herald

Driver involved in fatal Lakewood Ranch bicycle accident sentenced in attempted car theft

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Lindsay Damery, the 23-year-old driver who ran a red light and struck and killed 83-year-old bicyclist Donald Mader last April in Lakewood Ranch, was sentenced Friday in Manatee County Circuit Court for an attempted car burglary.

Damery was arrested Oct. 2, 2014, and charged with being a principal to an attempted burglary of an unoccuped vehicle in River Club.

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge Diana Moreland sentenced Damery to an adjudication of guilt, followed by 18 months probation, continuation of treatment in Manatee Glenns, a community behaviorial health hospital, and 50 hours of public service.

She was also instructed not to have any contact with Bradford Domingues, 25, who also was charged with attempted burglary. Domingues, who has been jailed since the incident, pleaded no contest on Tuesday and was sentenced Friday to remain in jail for several more months.

Domingues ahd been a passenger in Damery's car when she drove through the red light, struck and killed Mader and injured his wife as they were crossing the intersection of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Parkside Place.

Following a three-month traffic-homicide investigation, the Florida Highway Patrol found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Damery, but her license was suspended for six months, following information she reported to FHP that she suffered from attention deficit disorder and lack of sleep the day of the accident.

A civil lawsuit filed against Damery on behalf of the estate and survivors of Donald Mader is scheduled to go to a jury trial this spring.