KEY BISCAYNE (CBSMiami) – County leaders, co-workers, friends and family members of cyclist Aaron Cohen came together Saturday morning to mark the two-year anniversary of his death.
Cohen was killed in 2012 on the Rickenbacker Causeway by a hit-and-run driver.READ MORE: Panic Buying Over Fuel Pipeline Shut Down Has Led To Long Lines At Some South Florida Gas Stations
County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz attended the early morning event at the toll plaza entrance.
The driver that struck Cohen, Michele Traverso, was sentenced to less than a year in jail.READ MORE: Broward Schools Supt. Robert Runcie, Former General Counsel Barbara Myrick Enter Not Guilty Pleas During Arraignment
Cohen’s death has sparked a movement to toughen penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident.
At the event, 500 safety bicycle lights were handed out along with flyers about safety and sharing the road with cyclists.MORE NEWS: Doctors Warn Lithium Batteries Can Pose Risk To Young Children
Commissioner Diaz, who spoke at the Florida Senate last month in favor of stricter hit-and-run laws, also is sponsoring a County resolution to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety on the Rickenbacker Causeway, Brickell Avenue, South Bayshore Drive and the surrounding area.