Driver in Fatal Rickenbacker Causeway Crash to Remain Behind Bars

Man charged in crash that killed cyclist to remain in jail

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012  |  Updated 1:36 PM EDT
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Driver in Fatal Rickenbacker Causeway Hit and Run in Court

The suspect in a hit and run crash on the Rickenbacker Causeway that killed a cyclist was in court Friday for unrelated drug charge proceedings. Michele Traverso, 25, appeared before Miami-Dade Drug Court Judge Deborah White-Labora for ongoing proceedings related to previous cocaine and marijuana possession charges. Traverso took a drug test at court, which he passed. "There has been a lot of speculation about my client so in order to address that I ordered the most comprehensive test and he is perfectly clean," Traverso's attorney, Ramon de la Cabada said. "He was in rehab and was doing great."
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The suspect in a hit and run crash on the Rickenbacker Causeway that killed a cyclist was in court Tuesday where a judge ordered him to remain behind bars.

Michele Traverso, 25, faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury and driving with a suspended license in the Feb. 15 crash that killed 36-year-old Aaron Cohen.

Police say Cohen was with a group of cyclists who were heading to Key Biscayne on the eastbound side of the causeway when they were struck near the William Powell Bridge.

After Traverso struck Cohen, he fled the scene, police said. Cohen died from his injuries the next day. Traverso later turned himself in to authorities.

At Tuesday's hearing, Traverso was ordered held because the accident occurred while he was on probation for an unrelated drug charge. During a court appearance two days after the crash, Traverso took a drug test, which he passed.

No additional charges were presented at Thursday's hearing. Traverso's attorney has said the only crime his client committed was leaving a scene.

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