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  1.  
    This is just a sad day, sad situation. Sorry i dont know how to do all those fancy quote,and pic posting, sorry again.

    http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2010/01/musician_carlos_bertonatti_cha.php

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    eaglerock took care of posting the article directly, thanks!!
    • CommentAuthoreaglerock
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
     
    This is very sad business. Let me alter the HTML, so the links work:

    http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2010/01/musician_carlos_bertonatti_cha.php

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    An up-and-coming Miami pop singer with slick looks and a Sony recording contract has been charged with vehicular homicide in a horrific hit-and-run crash near Key Biscayne yesterday.

    via Rolling Stone
    Police say Carlos Bertonatti was drunk when he plowed into a cyclist on Sunday.
    ​Carlos Bertonatti, a 28-year-old who lives on Key Biscayne, was arrested yesterday near his battered Volkswagen after a short police chase.

    Officers say Bertonatti was drunk when he slammed into Christoper Lecanne, a 44-year-old South Miami cyclist, and then sped away with Lecanne's bike lodged under his front fender as the biker lay bleeding to death next to the road.

    Miami cyclists today have flooded websites with comments slamming the singer and rescue units, which witnesses said took 20 minutes to arrive from Miami instead of from the nearby Key Biscayne firehouse.

    Bertonatti released his first album (...).

    Here's what happened Sunday, according to police:

    Just before 8:10 a.m., Lecanne was biking in the eastbound bike lane on Bear Cut Bridge, the last link on the Rickenbacker Causeway before Key Biscayne. Bertonatti was driving eastbound as well when he swerved into the bike lane and slammed into Lecanne.

    Bertonatti kept speeding east with Lecanne's bike lodged under his car, says Det. Rebecca Perez, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Police Department.

    A Key Biscayne officer tried to stop Bertonatti just after he crossed the bridge, Perez says, but he sped away.

    Finally, the singer stopped on the 600 block of Grapetree Drive, near the posh apartment where he's listed as a resident. Police arrested him on the spot.

    via Miami-Dade Police Department
    Bertonatti's mug shot after his arrest on Sunday.
    ​On the Miami Bike Scene blog, witnesses say medics didn't arrive for more than 20 minutes after the accident while Lecanne bled profusely.

    Perez tells Riptide that Miami-Dade dispatchers received a call about the accident at 8:08 a.m. and that the first officers arrived at 8:13 a.m.

    But it's not clear when ambulances first arrived. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's administrative offices are closed for MLK Day, so no one has responded to our calls about when Lecanne finally received medical attention.

    Bertonatti, meanwhile, looks to have thrown a promising career out the window. Accordnig to his MySpace bio, he was born in Caracas and spent time training with the Argentine ski team before moving to Miami in his late teens to work with Chris Rodriguez, a multiplatinum local producer.

    He signed with Epic Records and Sony ATV in 2008 to release his debut album.

    UPDATE: Carlos Bertonatti's publicist, Patty Rodriguez, just sent Riptide an email about the singer's arrest. Here's what she says:

    This has been a terrible tragedy that resulted from this accident, and both Carlos and his family are devastated. Lives were changed forever, and two families are grieving and going through an extremely difficult time. Carlos' wish at this time is for everyone's thoughts and prayers to be with the victim and his family. He is profusely saddened and shocked with what has happened, and his hopes are that we all reach out to help the family at this time for their loss. Him [sic] and his entire family extend their deepest condolences and pray that God accompany both families in such a devastating time.

    UPDATE 2: A cyclist who witnessed the accident has written a first-hand account about what he saw on a bike forum. You can read the whole passage here.

    The cyclist says that another biker, who works as a paramedic, had stopped to help Lecanne until police arrive with a hand-operated respirator. An ambulance didn't arrive for "almost half an hour," he writes.

    After Lecanne was loaded into the ambulance, the bikers got word that Bertonatti had been arrested outside his house. They rode together into Key Biscayne, where they saw his Volkswagon. "Based on the damage, the guy had to be going 60+ mph," he writes.

    The cyclists could see Bertonatti in the back of a squad car. "He's lucky the cops had him because there was an angry mob of cyclists who wanted revenge," says the author.

    "I can't fathom how someone can hit another human being and just take off and leave the person on the side of the road like he had hit a dog," he adds.
  2.  
    Thank you eaglerock!!
    • CommentAuthorwes m.
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
     
    His facebook fan page has turned ugly. I'm happy to see that even his fans think he is an ass. Check it out if you find prison rape of drunk drivers entertaining.

    http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=carlos+bertonatti&init=quick#/group.php?gid=53068557381&ref=search&sid=1780410953.3486217364..1
  3.  
    Ugh. That's really, really sad.
    • CommentAuthorcyciumx
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
     
    His public arrest and charge page states he was driving without a valid license...sonuva... I never could or can understand why his friends and family never berate him worse than his now new formed enemies. If my son ran over another human being... fled... eluded... without even the legal ability to be driving in the first place... and drinking - he would'n't be my son anymore. Same goes for a friend. Some actions don't justify salvation at any cost.
    • CommentAuthorM0THER
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
     
    Oh geeez...I just don't understand how a person can just drive off like that. It's ridiculous how they compare the two families as if they were equally feeling the pain. Publicists should at least try to put just a little genuine sincerity for the Lecanne's family's sake when addressing the public for their fancy shmancy client.
    • CommentAuthorwes m.
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
     
    Sincerity and honesty are the exact opposite of a publicists job. It sort of like being a lawyer of public opinion.

    This dude was drunk at 8 in the morning, got 41 traffic tickets in Florida, his music sucks, you can tell he is a jackass in his mugshot, and something about him gives me a sociopath vibe.

    They set his bail at 105k. They shouldnt give him any bail, he killed a dude and he is from Venezuela. If he makes it back to Venezuela Hugo Chavez will tell us to go f ourselves.
    • CommentAuthors3l1n4
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
     
    That is sooo sad :(
  4.  
    Posted By: cyciumxHis public arrest and charge page states he was driving without a valid license...sonuva... I never could or can understand why his friends and family never berate him worse than his now new formed enemies. If my son ran over another human being... fled... eluded... without even the legal ability to be driving in the first place... and drinking - he would'n't be my son anymore. Same goes for a friend. Some actions don't justify salvation at any cost.
    Yeah, I'm going to have to agree with you on this one.
  5.  
    I see a slight resemblance. Not that it means anything.
  6.  
    ... And who might that be?
  7.  
    Lord Two Feathers Jaguar Lightning Rod On My Head.
  8.  
    Kronk!
  9.  
    goddamn I love that movie

    and I don't get how people can be that selfish.
  10.  
    Haha I forget that not everyone was 8 years old a decade ago.

    But luv is right. It's a character named Kronk from an animated disney film titled the emperor's new groove
  11.  
    ...with David Spade voicing Emperor Kuzco.
 
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