Police: ‘Party princess’ Karlie Tomica legally drunk in chef hit-and-run case

 

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Miami Beach police have confirmed that self-proclaimed party princess Karlie Tomica, accused of killing South Beach chef Stefano Riccioletti in a hit-and-run, had a blood-alcohol three-times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

As a result of that toxicology report, there will be an additional charge against Tomica, who is expected to turn herself in Friday. Initially, Tomica wasn’t charged with DUI while police waited on the toxicology report.

Riccioletti was on his way to work at the Shore Club in Miami Beach last month when he was hit by a car on Collins Avenue. A good Samaritan followed the driver and called police, who later identified the driver as Tomica, 20.

The crash is the source of multiple lawsuits from the family of Riccioletti. His widow, Patrizia Pesce, is working with attorney Jose Baez on the civil litigation against Tomica, Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts, Penrod Brothers, and Nikki Beach Special Events, who were all listed as defendants.

Baez filed the 16-page complaint Friday, a day after the victim’s oldest son filed a separate lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims management at Nikki Beach club allowed Tomica to drink alcohol while on the job as a bartender even though she is underage.

Her attorney, Mark Shapiro, issued a statement saying, “Ms. Tomica and her entire family are heartbroken over this tragic accident. Their thoughts and prayers are with the Riccioletti family.”

Shapiro did not comment directly on the lawsuit.

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