Fla. man pleads guilty in hit-and-run cyclist death

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.

MIAMI — A South Florida man faces up to 35 years in prison for hit-and-run crash that killed a cyclist.

The Miami Herald reports 32-year-old Carlos Bertonatti pleaded guilty directly to the court on Tuesday morning.

Bertonatti also apologized to the family of Christophe LeCanne, saying getting behind the wheel that day was "the biggest mistake" of his life. LeCanne's relatives flew from France to attend Tuesday's hearing.

Prosecutors say Bertonatti hit LeCanne after swerving into the bicycle lane on Bear Cut Bridge. He sped off, with the bicycle wedged under his car, until he reached Key Biscayne. That's where he was arrested.

The Herald reports Bertonatti's blood alcohol level was .122, well over Florida's legal limit of 0.08.

He pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter, fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest.

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