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That's just the way it is


That’s just the way it is.

Those were Aaron Cohen’s last words.

Cohen, 37, was talking about his two little kids and his work schedule as he cycled with his friend Enda Walsh on the Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne just before 6 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2012.

At the same time, a man named Michele Traverso was driving home to Key Biscayne. He had been drinking the night before.

“You don’t see much of them in the evening because you work so late,” Walsh — not seeing Traverso barreling toward them — recalled telling Cohen about his kids Lily and Aiden, who were 3 and 1 at the time.

“That’s just the way it is,” Cohen replied.

Walsh remembers what happens next.

“Bang! We’re on the ground. He never woke up after that,” Walsh said. “In the seconds it took me to hit the ground and roll over, he was gone.”

And Traverso was gone as well. He kept driving, his windshield smashed. Hours later, he confessed to the hit-and-run accident. But police were unable to determine his blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash because he had left the scene and successfully hidden himself.

So Traverso ultimately spent less than a year in jail for leaving the scene of the accident. Nothing more.

That’s just the way it was. That was the law.

But no longer.

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