Michele Traverso Pleads Guilty to Rickenbacker Hit-and-Run That Left Bicyclist Dead

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Michele Traverso
Michele Traverso has plead guilty to charges related to a hit-and-run accident on the Rickenbacker that left bicyclist Aaron Cohen for dead. Traverso could face a maximum of 35 years in prison.

Traverso, 25, was driving in a late-model silver Honda at around 6 a.m. on February 15 when he hit Cohen and a fellow bicyclist, Edna Welsh. After the accident Traverso sped off, but turned himself in about 18 hours later.

Both bikers were transported to the hospital. Welsh sustained a sprained ankle, but Cohen suffered a severe head injury. He died shortly after the crash. Cohen was a father to two young children, an experienced cyclist, and an Ironman competitor.

"He was the kind of son that every father dreams about," Cohen's father told a local television station shortly after the accident. "Everybody loves him, he's just special."

According to the Miami Herald, Traverso pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, leaving the scene of an accident with great bodily harm, driving with a suspended license, and cocaine possession (though his drug tests after the incident came up negative). He will be sentenced next month, and could face as little 22.8 months in prison and as much 35 years.

Cohen's death as well as a string of other accidents involving bicyclists have renewed calls for better safety conditions along the causeway. The Village of Key Biscayne's latest idea is to erect a wall separating cyclists from cars. A toll on bicyclists could be levied to pay for the wall.

As for Carlos Bertonatti, the aspiring singer who, like Traverso, is accused of drunkenly killing a biker on the Rickenbacker then speeding away -- he's still awaiting trail.


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13 comments
Natalie
Natalie

Many of us are praying that Mr. Traverso and Mr. Bertanotti each get prison sentences and that their fellow inmates are advised they are child molesters as well as killers. One way or another Justice will be done. 

Michael Cedeno
Michael Cedeno

Hey Hugo, we do ride the trails, and still drop you =P

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

There's got to be a plea deal. He could have drug this out as long as the other causeway incidents and enjoyed his freedom during the process. Be prepared for a short sentence.

Hugo Cardenas
Hugo Cardenas

Roadies: Street are for cars... You think you can ride?? Try catching me on the bike trails.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

I could care less about what the 'Key Biscayne residents' think. They don't own the causeway. It belongs to all county taxpayers and is a recreational paradise.

Rosemarie Baragaña
Rosemarie Baragaña

Sad for everyone, the cyclist that lost his life & Michele for the tragic accident.

Lina Henson
Lina Henson

What about Bertonatti???? Almost 3 years and NOTHING. What a joke.

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

Cyclists: Key Biscayne (the residents and city) DOES NOT WANT YOU THERE! For your own safety, ride elsewhere - preferably not in Floriduh.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

he could also face less than 2 years, which would be a fiasco.

James Hicks
James Hicks

he should serve every one of those 35 years

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