New charges filed against alleged hit-and-run driver
Karlie Tomica charged with DUI manslaughter
MIAMI – Karlie Tomica, 20, the driver allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run that killed a Miami Beach chef was charged with DUI manslaughter on Friday.
In addition, she was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with bodily harm, DUI damage to property, and resisting an officer without violence. This charge was a result of her refusing to submit to a blood draw to test her alcohol level after the crash.
Tomica was already charged with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death on Jan. 28. She posted $10,000 bond that night.
Miami Beach police released a toxicology report this week revealing that Tomica had a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit. That test was taken two hours after the crash.
The victim was Stefano Riccioletti, an executive chef at Terrazza at the Shore Club.
An attorney representing Stefano Riccioletti's 19-year-old son, Jacopo Riccioletti, filed a wrongful death complaint against Tomica and Penrod Brothers, Inc. Penrod Brothers, Inc. is the owner of Nikki Beach Club where Tomica worked as a part-time bartender.
"It shocks the conscience that she was able to walk out the door of Nikki Beach, (and) check out of her shift in a condition that would have suggested she was stumbling and slurring her words," said Elisabeth Culmo with Silva & Silva, the law firm that filed the wrongful death complaint.
Culmo said the toxicology report also impacts the wrongful death complaint.
Police credited a Good Samaritan who called 911 and followed the car that hit Riccioletti with helping them make an arrest.
Julie Fogel, the public relations and communications director for Nikki Beach issued a statement Tuesday, 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."
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