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UPDATE on FLORIDA CYCLIST’s DEATH – SINGER IN JAIL – Held Without Bond

By: Steve Magas, February 9, 2010

Carlos Bertonatti, the pop singer charged with drunkenly running into, and killing,Florida bicycle rider Christopher LeCanne, is facing some new problems – relating to his passport, or more accurately “passports.”

According to the Miami New Times, prosecutors filed a motion to return Bertonatti to jail after he had posted a $100,000.00 bond.  The reason, according to the report, was that Bertonatti ”lied to Judge David Miller” about possessing only a Venezuelan passport and because he has a history of missing court appearances in traffic cases.

The New Miami Times reports, “…According to prosecutors, Bertonatti has “an additional passport issued by Argentina,” which he didn’t see fit to mention during his bond hearing.   What’s more, prosecutors say that Bertonatti has missed court hearings on four separate occasions in the past on traffic charges.  Strangely, prosecutors also testified in court that they have reason to believe that Bertonatti may actually hold a third passport that he didn’t mention in his bond hearing, from Romania, of all places…”

In this case, Bertonatti is charged with being over the 0.08% BAC limit [he reportedly blew a 0.122%] and with hitting, and killing, a bicycle operator and then leaving the scene, dragging the  man’s bicycle for miles while the cyclist lay bleeding to death on the side of the road.

On January 8,2010, he received a speeding ticket for going 80mph in a 50mph zone.  Nine days later, he allegedly struck and killed the cyclist.  This crash occurred in the morning.  He is facing charges of felony DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, driving without a license, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and resisting arrest. He has entered a Not Guilty plea.

On February 8, 2010, SunSentinel.com reported as follows:

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge David Miller ruled that Carlos G. Bertonatti, 28, should be held without bond after prosecutors alleged he was not entirely truthful when he told the court he had only a Venezuelan passport.

Bertonatti holds another passport from Argentina, which federal agents discovered. Bertonatti has also listed himself as a citizen of Romania, in addition to residential-alien status in the United States.

Armed with evidence of Bertonatti’s multiple citizenships, Miller granted the wish of prosecutors, who feared the suspect might flee the country to evade prosecution.

“The web of deceit has caught up with him,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle said. “He can’t bond out and now he’s got to sit there, in jail, and wait.”"

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