Blood tests have been completed on Carlos Bertonatti, the aspiring musician accused of drunkenly killing a cyclist on the Rickenbacker Causeway last month and then speeding away.
The verdict: Bertonatti was drunk. The 28-year-old's BAC came back at .122, Riptide's sources say. In Florida, anyone who blows over a .08 is liable for drunk driving.
How bad is .122? According to this widely used blood alcohol content chart, an average, 180-pound adult would need to slam down six drinks in an hour to match that reading.
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Considering that Bertonatti hit Christophe Le Canne, the 44-year-old cyclist, a little after 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, the reading would imply the singer had done some serious drinking before the accident.
In court yesterday, Bertonatti pleaded not guilty to charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, resisting arrest, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The court then revoked his bond after prosecutors presented evidence that he'd lied about owning multiple passports.
In other news, Miami Bike Scene blog reports this morning that the "ghost bike" memorial along the Rickenbacker in memory of Le Canne has been stolen or removed.
The Bike Scene speculates that public works removed it because a nearby wreath was also gone.