MIAMI – The driver involved in a hit-and-run incident at Rickenbacker Causeway with a cyclist had pleaded guilty with no plea deal.
The suspect, Michele Traverso, made a guilty plea for 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 a charge of possessing cocaine.
Ramon De La Cabada, Traverso’s attorney, expressed that it was Traverso’s intention not to fight against the case when he surrendered. Traverso had suffered as anyone who caused the death of a kind man, a father of two children. Traverso is going to live his whole life with that.
The victim, Aaron Cohen, was killed and injured cycling partner Enda Walsh as they traveled northbound on Rickenbacker Causeway on February when Traverso struck them.
Traverso fled the scene and only turned himself in after 18 hours following the incident which made it difficult for the investigators to prove whether his blood alcohol was over the limits, despite the reports that he was drinking Coconut Grove on the eve of the incident.
According to the investigators, Traverso had somehow managed to drive the car to his Key Biscayne Condo despite his car sustaining severe damages. Traverso covered his car with a tarpaulin after the accident happened.
The family of Cohen had pressed lawsuit against Traverso as well as Traverso’s father who owns the car Michele was driving during the time of the accident.
Traverso is facing a prison sentence ranging from 22.8 months to a maximum of 35 years.
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Driver In Deadly Rickenbacker Causeway Bicycle Crash Pleads Guilty