Iraq War Vet Killed On Motorcycle On Bayshore

TAMPA – When Ramiro Idrobo was going through a difficult time, he spoke to his friend, Army Sgt. Kristi Nicole Phifer for advice. She was worried when the call ended.

Although she was stationed in Italy, she flew to see him in Fort Bragg, N.C., during her time off.

“When I needed a friend, she was there,” Idrobo said. “It was only for a weekend, but it was a great weekend. She wanted to make sure I was OK.”

Now Idrobo misses the Iraq War veteran who died Monday after a motorcycle crash on Bayshore Boulevard.

Phifer died early Monday when she lost control of her 2013 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle while driving in the outside lane on Bayshore. As she approached Orleans Avenue, she failed to negotiate a curve on the wet roadway, Tampa police said.

Phifer, 29, entered the bicycle lane and struck a raised concrete curb. She was ejected from the motorcycle and struck a concrete monument. She died at Tampa General Hospital. She was wearing a helmet, police said. Phifer became a human resource specialist, where she handled pay information, Idrobo said.


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