Miami Beach bartender to strike a deal in hit-and-run death of chef

 
 
Karlie Tomica, accused in hit-and-run on Miami Beach that left a chef dead.
Karlie Tomica, accused in hit-and-run on Miami Beach that left a chef dead.
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A South Beach bartender charged in the hit-and-run death of a chef will take a plea, according to Miami Herald partner CBS4 News.

Karlie Tomica, 20, will go before a judge Wednesday afternoon. Terms of the plea deal have not been disclosed.

Prosecutors say Tomica’s blood-alcohol was three-times the legal limit at the time she struck and killed Stefano Riccioletti as he walked to work at the Shore Club in January.

Tomica, who worked at Nikki Beach Club, was charged with DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident with death, DUI with property damage and resisting an officer without violence. She was released from jail on house arrest and fitted with an ankle monitor.

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.

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.”

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