It's taken three full years, but Carlos Bertonatti is finally set to admit in court that he killed cyclist Christophe LeCanne in a drunken, early-morning hit-and-run on the Rickenbacker Causeway. Bertonatti told a Miami-Dade judge today that he'll plead guilty next Tuesday.
The aspiring singer-songwriter sped away from the January 2010 crash with LeCanne's bike wedged under his bumper and led police on a brief chase across the island. His blood alcohol content was later tested at .122, well over the limit.
LeCanne's death spurred outrage in Miami's cycling community. A 44-year-old father and avid cyclist, LeCanne was biking the popular link between Miami and Key Biscayne just after 8 a.m. on a Sunday when Bertonatti's silver Volkswagen slammed into him.
Bertonatti, who had more than 40 previous traffic violations on his record, led police on a short chase before surrendering.
He's been on house arrest for nearly two years since the crime because a series of delays have prevented a trial date from being set. Now Bertonatti will face between 11-and-a-half and 35 years in prison for the crime, the Miami Herald reports.
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Judge Bronwyn Miller will sentence him next Tuesday, when LeCanne's relatives will travel to the courthouse from France.