Discovery in fatal hit-and-run released
Updated On: Feb 23 2013 11:43:22 PM EST
Prosecutors released documents filed in the case of a driver charged in the fatal hit-and-run of a Miami Beach chef.
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 Friday, 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.
Prosecutors also released crime scene photographs and 911 calls made after the crash.
"It was a loud thing and I just saw a guy flying across our property," said one caller.
"Someone got hit by a car, and the car kept on going, and the guy who got hit, he's laying on the concrete," said another caller.
Evidence logs showed Ricciolett's blood was found on Tomica's car.
Police credited Jairo Fuentes, a Good Samaritan who called 911 and followed the car that hit Riccioletti with helping them make an arrest.
"I kept screaming at her that she had to stop," said Fuentes in a statement to police.
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.
"I started noticing his teeth were missing. He was bleeding really, really badly," Roosevelt Johnson, who works security at the Shelborne Hotel, told police in a sworn statement.
"She was, like, just unsteady on her feet, walking way too fast," said Julio Leyva, who works security at the condominium complex where Tomica lives.
"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.
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.