Driver In Deadly Rickenbacker Causeway Crash To Remain Jailed

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The man accused in a hit and run accident on the Rickenbacker Causeway which left a cyclist dead will remain behind bars.

During a hearing Tuesday, a judge ordered that Michele Traverso be held out bond because the accident occurred while he was on probation for a previous drug charge.

Traverso is charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury and driving with a suspended license. During the hearing, the state did not press any additional charges.

Police said Traverso was driving on the Rickenbacker Causeway early in the morning on Feb. 15th when he hit Aaron Cohen and Enda Walsh. Cohen and Walsh were both hospitalized. Cohen was taken off life support following day and died. Walsh suffered a broken leg.

Using debris from the accident scene, investigators were able to determine the make of the car and found it parked in a Key Biscayne condo parking lot covered with a tarp.

Traverso would later turn himself in.

Last May, Traverso was charged with possession of cocaine. In 2009, he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

Traverso was in a court-ordered drug program and driving without a license at the time of the accident.

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