Woman charged in hit-and-run bonds out of jail
Local 10's Baron James speaks to good Samaritan Jairo Fuentes
The 20-year-old woman charged in the fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a well-respected Miami Beach chef bailed out of the Miami Dade County Jail Monday night.
Karlie Tomica posted a $10,000 bond and literally ran away from the jail and from Local 10's Baron James as he tried to questioned her about the crash.
"Stop running. Where are you going now?" James asked.
Tomica didn't answer.
The pedestrian who was killed in the hit-and-run crash outside the Shelborne Hotel on Monday morning was identified at Shore Club's Executive Chef Stefano Riccioletti.
Riccioletti died when Tomica struck him with her car and left the scene, police said.
Authorities say Good Samaritan Jairo Fuentes' call led police to Tomica after her car struck Riccioletti on NE 18th Street and Collins Avenue.
James spoke exclusively to Fuentes.
"I was in shock. It really broke my heart to see this guy on the floor," Fuentes said.
"Was he moving?" James asked.
"Yes, he was," Fuentes replied. "I screamed. I was almost crying."
Police say Riccioletti was crossing the street around 6 a.m. when he was struck and left for dead.
"This person not only saw what happened, they followed the car, they did a play-by-play to the 911 operator," said Miami Beach Police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez. "We were able to locate the vehicle and place her in custody."
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The impact was so strong it threw him several feet onto the hotel's driveway.
Fuentes said Tomica appeared intoxicated.
"She could hardly stand up. The first thing that came to mind is that she had been drinking," Fuentes said.
According to the police report, Tomica refused a field sobriety test, but blood was drawn after her arrest.
Police charged her with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death. But she could face more charges once toxicology test results come back.
On Tomica's Twitter page she described herself as "Party Princess Miami Beach Livin the dream." Her Facebook page said she is from Port St. Lucie and a student at Florida International University.
Both her Twitter and Facebook accounts have since been disabled.
On Monday afternoon, The Shore Club released the following statement about the victim, Stefano Riccioletti: "Our thoughts and prayers are with this family during this difficult time. He was a valued member of our team and will be greatly missed."