It was chilling to watch this tribute to the cyclist Aaron Cohen that was stuck and killed by a hit and run driver on Virginia Key recently. From all reports and interviews that was seen Aaron was an all round great guy – a great father to his kid and a great son to his parents and a best friend to all.
VIRGINIA KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — Family and friends of a cyclist who lost his life after being struck by a hit-and-run driver gathered in his honor.
Thursday night, hundreds jogged up the bridge where 36-year-old Aaron Cohen was struck. Once the massive group of Cohen’s loved ones got to the top of the bridge, they dropped roses into the waters below.
According to police, Cohen and his friend, Enda Walsh, were biking across the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne early Wednesday morning, when a vehicle hit them.
Police said the driver then fled the scene; Walsh suffered a broken ankle, and Cohen has a serious head injury.
The 36-year-old father of two was sent to the hospital in critical condition. However, Cohen succumbed to his injuries on Thursday afternoon.
His family was devastated. “We were a family all the time. His cousins, his aunts, his uncles, everybody loved him. Everybody loves him. He is just special,” said Cohen’s father, Stephen. “Aaron Cohen is probably the nicest person who has ever lived. He had no enemies, he never had a bad word to say about anybody, he was a fierce competitor, he was bright … He was the kind of son every father dreams about.”
Earlier Thursday, the hit-and-run driver, 26-year-old Michele Traverso, turned himself into police. He appeared in court, where he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury and driving with a suspended license.
Traverso has had a history with drugs: he was almost done completing a drug program that stemmed from a cocaine charge, and the charge against him would have been dropped had he finished the program.
However, Traverso’s new charges are a direct violation of the probationary program, and as a result, he will be held without bond for at least 24 hours. Also, Traverso’s charges will likely be upgraded because of Cohen’s death.
During Thursday night’s memorial, the words Aaron wrote just before he died were read, which he titled, Why I Run: “The short answer is, I run, because it makes me happy.”
The story above says it all, Aaron and his companion victims of a hit and run driver, luckily the driver turned himself in eventually and charges were made. Victims of hit and run accidents after seeking medical attention should seek immediate legal counsel from an experienced attorney to ensure you know your legal rights. Keep records of all medical bills, go back to the scene of the accident and take photographs of the area, also keep photographs of your injuries.
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