Driver Guilty in Cyclist’s Hit-Run Death

As expected, Carlos Bertonatti pleaded guilty on Monday. The Miami Herald’s David Ovalle reports from the courthouse here.
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The young singer Carlos Bertonatti told a Miami-Dade trial judge today that he’s ready to plead guilty in the hit-and-run death of bicyclist Christoph Le Canne three years ago on the Rickenbacker Causeway. The actual plea would be entered Feb. 19, and Bertonatti could get a potential sentence as long as 35 years. The sentencing is to take place May 2. Circuit Court Judge Bronwyn Miller reminded Bertonatti that he’d be subject to deportation.
The case became a rallying point for South Florida cyclists, for whom the Rickenbacker is a secular mecca. The county has followed up with a series of safety measures, including bike-lane markings on the causeway’s wide shoulders, audible lane stripes on the bridges, and several speed-feedback signs.