Michele Traverso, Driver Who Killed Cyclist on Rickenbacker, Headed Back to Prison on Probation Violation
via NBC Miami
Michele Traverso will spend at least the next two years in prison for violating probation after having already previously served 22 months for the 2012 hit-and-run death of cyclist Aaron Cohen.
Last Saturday, Traverso was supposed to be in his parent's Key Biscayne condo when a probation officer came to check in on him at 5 a.m. Traverso was actually on the beach behind the building. He said he was there because his parents wouldn't let his girlfriend stay in the condo.
Judge William Thomas ruled that it was a violation of his probation and sentenced the 28-year-old to 48 months in prison, though he will get credit for time served. Ultimately he'll spend another 22 to 24 months behind bars.
Traverso was originally sentenced for an incident that occurred on February 15th, 2012. Then 25-years-old, Traverso was driving over the Rickenbacker Causeway in the early hours of the morning on a suspended license. He had allegedly been out drinking earlier in Coconut Grove.
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His car veered into the bike lane and hit two cyclists. Aaron Cohen, a father of a young child, died as a result of his injuries. Traverso left the scene and didn't turn himself until 18 hours later. Authorities were unable to prove whether he was intoxicated at the time of the accident or not.
He ended up pleading guilty to leaving the scene of an accident involving death, leaving the scene of an accident involving great bodily harm and driving with a suspended license and received what many saw as a relatively light sentence.
Cohen's widow Patty is pleased that Traverso is facing consequences for violating his probation.
"You'd think, it would be pretty simple to just stay at home when you're supposed to be at home--you're a grown man, you've been through all of this and have gotten so many breaks from the system," she told CBS4.
Patty Cohen ended up helping to push through legislation in Tallahassee to strengthen penalties against hit-and-run drivers like Traverso.
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