Hit-and-Run Driver Michele Traverso's Drug Test Comes Back Clean

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Michele Traverso
Michele Traverso, the driver responsible for a deadly hit-and-run accident on the Rickenbacker Causeway, made his first appearance in court this morning and voluntarily submitted to a drug test. Despite previous arrests for possession of marijuana and cocaine, Traverso's drug test came back clean.

Traverso was behind the wheel of his Honda on Wednesday morning when he hit two cyclists, Enda Welsh and Aaron Cohen. Cohen died at Jackson Memorial Hospital yesterday as a result of his injuries. Welsh suffered an ankle injury.

Traverso had previously been charged with possession of cocaine just last May and possession of marijuana in 2009. According to WSVN however the drug test he took this morning came back clean.

He entered into a probationary program to have the 2011 cocaine charges dropped, however his new charges violate the terms of the program.

"He's an all-star in this [drug] program. This is a horrible tragedy and that's what it is," Traverso's attorney Ray De La Cabada told the court, "and the crime here is that he left the scene, which is inexcusable but that's the crime and I want everybody to remember that."

Traverso will next appear in court in 21 days for his arraignment, but his charges could be upgraded now that Cohen has died.

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Bababa2
Bababa2

If the test showed that he is clean means that he wasn't on drugs, so whats the point of even mentioning drugs in the article. It was an accident and his only mistake was not to stop and help, just quit talking about drugs. and what if he enjoyed alcohol? many people do and that doesn't make worse people, the fact is, he wasn't on drugs or drunk, it could have happened to anyone. Get your facts straight.  

Dysblock
Dysblock

I'm reading a whole bunch of assumptions that are completely ungrounded.

What he did was wrong. There is just no avoiding that. It was a crime and he absolutely should receive punishment. However, saying he was "probably drunk," "probably still on drugs," or "had no remorse" are unfounded accusations made by random angry people.

To the person who commented about leaving the scene being a sign of no remorse, it is a possibility. But it isn't necessarily a fact. I suppose you haven't heard about the studies on the shock following a hit-and-run. Some people black out and are in complete disbelief of what happened. By the time they realize what they've done, they've driven far enough that it seems too late to turn around and they just go into a state of panic instead. Of course, I'm not trying to justify this crime. I'm not saying that's even what happened here, I'm just saying there are things you obviously aren't even considering because you're dominated by your rage.

What happened was a tragedy. I am close to people who knew both the criminal and the victim, and many people are suffering due to this.

Livewithcompassion
Livewithcompassion

I drive on that bridge every day, and every day I see bicyclists riding ingroups, eunning red lights, impervious to the bicycle lane, chatting and sometimes cutting into my lane without a signal. I think we need to start requiring road safety testing if bicyclists are going to be on a main road, just like motorcycles and cars....just saying.....safety first...dr. Carmen ortiz

Teammate
Teammate

don't forget the fact that this guy COVERED UP his car when he got home......DISGUSTING!

Fry him
Fry him

LEFT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT?

Fry him.

Bikker
Bikker

they should test his hair. i think drugs stay in there for a long time.

Just left Club Space?
Just left Club Space?

Where was the creep before he killed the father who was biking? Was the creep at Club Space getting hammered? Was he texting while driving?

Ihadfun
Ihadfun

did you see his windshield? how could you even see thru that? he might have also been texting.

Cbgersch
Cbgersch

He killed a husband, a father. Did he stop? Enough said. Do the crime, serve the time!

Lock him up
Lock him up

This Michele creep is a psychopath. HE RAN OVER TWO BIKERS. He never stopped.

He passed a drug test BUT HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN DRUNK WHEN HE KILLED THE BIKER.

Leaving the scene...

Lock him up.

WaterLover
WaterLover

Wonder what type of demon makes someone HIT AND RUN...that's why people assume this would have to be another reason because no one with a MORAL CONSCIENCE would do this!! For all you cycle HATERS, how very sad!! Aaron wasn't in the street, he was in the bike lane--he did nothing wrong. If your boat has the smallest motor, you are in BIG TROUBLE in Dade Co!! I hope would agree a lesson has to be learned with the 3rd tragedy on Key Biscayne involving a cyclist. 

Drink and drive
Drink and drive

Seriously? This creep crushed two innocent bikers , killing one and then he drove his damaged car home? He didn't even stop to help the two bikers?

You want him drinking and driving while your kids walk to school?

Another drunk killer
Another drunk killer

This creep drove through two bikers AND THEN LEFT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME?

He deserves 20 years in prison, maybe more.

Where was he drinking before he ran over the two bikers?

Rivieri Claudia5
Rivieri Claudia5

I am not agreed about he was run after the accident, but I know him very well, since he was a little kid and he is so sensible and was scared, I am sure about that.  Accidents happens in  that causeway all the time, because that is not a safe place to run a bike. City of KB needs take  care about this. I used live there and the tax are sohight , i am sure they have money for do a better cyclist way !

Wgray
Wgray

Mike Traverso was probably drunk and this is why he fled the seen of the accident. If this was a "horrible accident" like his lawyer states I doubt he would just flee the scene of the accident! Especially since he is on probation?!?!? If you google "mike traverso" you will see he enjoyed alcohol. In most of his pictures he has a drink in his hand... Let's not blind ourselves and lets realize that this young man made a very stupid and conscience decision by leaving the scene of the accident...He lacks compassion and remorse. Now parents are left without a son, a wife is left without a husband, and two babies are left without a father!

elpingu
elpingu

where are all those dumbass bikers saying that this guy was high on drugs????? yes, he messed up for taking off after he ran these people over.... like i said before, cyclists need to be aware of their surroundings and not think that they own the road.

AllstarMyAss
AllstarMyAss

Cocaine can be out of the system in less than two days...

Dysblock
Dysblock

Sure, let's just start rumors. I heard he was texting and driving while drunk and receiving oral from his drug dealer.

People like you stir things up for no reason. Are you that bored sweetie?

smd
smd

And you seriously did not read what I wrote? Where are you getting that he was drunk? This is an unfourtunate accident that can happen to anyone and you dont necessarily need to have alcohol in your system for it to happen.

smd
smd

And who are you to be judging this man?! You are so quick to say that he was drunk or that he is heartless but do you know him?! Were you around that night to see what happend?!!? I dont know him and I know just as much as you do about this accidet. But I hope that in your life, you are never faced with a situation such as this one and in result, you are judged in the way you have judged this man.

Ta_ti924
Ta_ti924

he fled bc he had a suspended license... That's a perfectly good reason for someone to flee. There doesn't need to be another reason, you're just being judgemental. Yes, it is HORRIBLE that an innocent man lost his life & left a wife & two kids behind, trust me I'm sure Michele is aware of that. But don't go accusing him of things of which you have NO clue. He submitted to a drug test & was found clean & people still choose to say it's bullshit & judge. This is what the media does, it exploits people. You don't know what MIchele is going through in his head so how the hell could you say for a FACT he has no remorse. That is an ignorant & judgemental statement. He messed up, but he is not a bad person. Unlike you, I do know him. So think before you say things that only make you sound foolish.

don juan
don juan

Yeaaahhh, a life for a life is not always the answer... write that down.

Carlos Taborda
Carlos Taborda

The bike lane where he ran over them, is like 10 feet wide. I think it needs a protected barrier, until then no more rickenbacker for me.

Rivieri Claudia5
Rivieri Claudia5

Don't say stupid thinks if you don't know the people, his is sober more than 2 years !! who are you to judge somebody?

elpingu
elpingu

are u serious????? wow

APPALLED
APPALLED

SMD, this was not an unfortunate "accident".  If it were he would've stopped.  This became a crime when he decided to drive with a suspended licencse while still being on probation and then fled the scene of a crime... he CHOSE to keep driving with a shattered windshield, he could have seriously hurt others. Please, Stop trying to justify the unjustifiable. 

Wbadillo
Wbadillo

In my opinion your are related to Traverso! He had a suspended license for gods sake!!!!! If he followed the rules and didn't make stupid decisions he wouldn't be in this predicament. If traverso did this to your son, daughter or sibling you'd be singing a different tune!!!! He has a history of drug problems and people that went to school with him know him as a drunk and a user.

guest
guest

 Why are all these idiots missing the point. You jerks are arguing "How can you judge him, do you know him"? "How do you know he was drunk"? "He was a good person and was sober". THE POINT IS HE RAN OVER SOMEONE AND DID NOT STOPPP!!!!. AGAIN HE RAN OVER SOMEONE AND DID NOT STOPP! This scumbag couldn't even stop and sit in his car and watch the victim die, let alone get out and check to see if they were ok since HE JUST RAN HIM OVER! What don't you understand. He didn't even stop and check on the person, just kept going like he hit an opossum or skunk.

rickyjeanfrancois
rickyjeanfrancois

 lol I see that Traverso has rounded up family members and friends to post on here and defend him.. lmao the guy is a criminal, get that through your thick skulls.

APPLLED
APPLLED

How could you say that this is a perfectly good reason to flee a crime scene.!!!! how could you justify such poor behavior, thats why he's in this predicament he's in cause his parents justify his actions/decisions and didn't hold accountable for what he does.... Traverso did not run over a possum!!! He ran over 2 human beings! Whichever way you look at it, he commited a crime by leaving the scene of the accident.  Tati, I'm sure you saw the windshield of his car...That was not just a little bump, right?  He's lucky that while driving that car he didn't injure someone else.  Look up vehicular manslaughter and then speak to the Cohen Family so you can see how they feel.

Wgray
Wgray

You are definitely related to him! Open your eyes and maybe dedicating some time to steering this man through the right path is what you should have done. Sensible people don't leave the scene of an accident this is a FACT! Another fact is take responsibility for your actions: if you're license is suspended- that means you don't drive, especially if you're on probation?!?!?. I'm sure he now feels bad about the decisions he's made. But at the end of the day is he feeling bad for the Cohen family or for himself? If the roles were reversed you would be just as upset. Every action, every decision has a consequence! Let's be wise about our choices!

Big Al
Big Al

 Ta-ti924, are you Mike Traverso's mom? Is that why you're defending him?  Suspended license or not, there is NO EXCUSE for fleeing the scene of an accident that you're clearly at fault for... and, even if you were not, you still need to help the people you just ran over! Who knows, maybe the victim would have survived if Michele hadn't fled the scene!  The FACT that he left two people to die without even thinking about it twice is despicable and shows no remorse.  That's not a judgement; it's a FACT.  The only remorse he is feeling is surely because he will spend a long time in jail for having fled the scene.  This guy belongs behind bars.

Grant Kunkel
Grant Kunkel

Or just ban biking all together on the Rickenbacker causeway. You know its a causeway... for cars...

don juan
don juan

I AINT PAYIN FOR THAT SHIT. I guess you wont be coming back to the isle good sir, a safe choice if you ask me.

Rivieri Claudia5
Rivieri Claudia5

 I am against  drugs, but when he was arrest in 2009 , who has drugs at the pocket was a girl in his car and he didn't  know that !  Because this i say we don't have right to judge !

Georgia_2002
Georgia_2002

You don't know him he did mess up and it's terrible for everyone but he is very smart and talented young man. If you did know him you would also know his capacity for loving others. I hope you never have anything like this happen to you but you don't know unless you are there. I'm sure he wanted to see his family and tell them goodbye. If you knew you wouldn't get that chance again would you not want that last hug from a loved one. He did turn himself in. It's very easy to judge, I would have as well if I didn't know him. It has really opened my eyes. If your son was in his place would you feel the same way?

King Jorge Garcia
King Jorge Garcia

They were biking at 5am on the bridge... that is the dumbest thing to do when there is a perfectly safe sidewalk with a big concrete wall protecting that area that they could of been riding in but they decided to ride on the street because they wanted to bike side by side and talk... they were most probably in the middle of the street like most of you roadies decide you are entitled to and then you get mad when the 2-ton machine hits you. Cars get into accidents all the time, why would you put yourself in that same position unless you were in a car too. Get off the road or go bike where you are safe!

Big Al
Big Al

 Bikers are tax payers as well, first and foremost.  I bike on Rickenbacker fairly frequently and the bike lane is quite wide + speed limit is 45 mph.  There is a very wide open path of view where anyone driving can easily see cyclists on the road.  There's no excuse for this crime.  Do you really think the solution is to ban biking?  That's like saying you want to eliminate a virus on your computer by throwing away the mouse!  Bikers aren't the problem.  It's a**hole drivers in Miami who think they own the roads and that bikers don't belong on them.

Allyn
Allyn

 Watch out. We have a comedian over here.

UB
UB

Yes, Michele Traverso deserves to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. That said:

Facts:

1. He was previously charged on Cocaine possession. 2. He was charged on Marijuana possession at a different time3. He hit two cyclists on Key Biscayne4. He left the scene5. He did not call 9116. He was Driving with a Suspended License7. He covered up the wrecked car with a Tarp

Being that I assume you are a relative, you love him and are giving him the benefit of the doubt. Yet, this is a list of seven things he is factually known for, five of which relate to this incident alone. We are all human, but based on the things related to this incident alone, here are some questions for you:

1. Should he have been driving with a suspended license?2. What speed was he driving at to cause that level of damage? (Speed limit is 45 on Key Biscayne, less in some spots)3. If he made a mistake and left the scene scared, why did he not call 911 even if anonymously?

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