Arraignment for self-proclaimed 'party princess' postponed until April 16

Karlie Tomica charged in Stefano Riccioletti's death

Published On: Feb 27 2013 06:48:53 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 27 2013 01:00:39 PM EST
MIAMI -

The arraignment for a woman accused in the fatal hit-and-run of a South Beach chef was postponed until April 16.

Karlie Tomica is charged with DUI manslaughter in Stefano Riccioletti's death. She is also charged with leaving the scene of a crash with bodily harm, DUI damage to property, and resisting an officer without violence.

Tomica, 20, was already charged with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death on Jan. 28. She posted $10,000 bond that night.

According to documents released last week, Tomica had a blood alcohol content between 0.208 and 0.225 when her blood was drawn two hours after the crash. She also had a 24-year-old woman's Florida driver license and several cards with bartending quotes.

Police credited Jairo Fuentes, a Good Samaritan who called 911 and followed the car that hit Riccioletti with helping them make an arrest.

Riccioletti was the executive chef at Terrazza at the Shore Club. Police say Tomica was leaving Nikki Beach Club, where she worked as a part-time bartender, when she hit Riccioletti.

An attorney representing Riccioletti's 19-year-old son, Jacopo Riccioletti, filed a wrongful death complaint against Tomica and Penrod Brothers, Inc, the owner of Nikki Beach Club.

Julie Fogel, the public relations and communications director for Nikki Beach issued a statement last week, saying: “Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Stefano Riccioletti and our hearts go out to his children. The principals of Penrod Brothers, Inc have been in business for well over 40 years, have had thousands of employees around the world and have never had a situation like this. Karlie Tomica was hired as a part-time bartender in mid-November 2012 and came with 4 years of experience in the hospitality industry; first at Palm City Grill (Palm City, Florida) and for the past 2 years as a cocktail server at Hyatt Regency Miami’s bar & lounge, Pure Verde, where she is still employed. Tomica signed all documents stating she would adhere to the strict policies that all employees must agree to. We have no further comment at this time.”

Tomica is currently on house arrest. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges she faces.