It's official: Karlie Tomica will be charged with DUI manslaughter for the hit-and-run death of Shore Club executive chef Stefano Riccioletti. The self-described South Beach "Party Princess" will be in court today where she'll officially be hit with the charges.
After driving home in the early hours of the morning after working all night as an underaged bartender at Nikki Beach, police say Tomica crashed her car into Riccioletti. As he lay dying on the pavement out front of the Shelborne, Tomica allegedly took off. A good Samaritan followed her to her Mid-Beach apartment building and alerted police.
Originally Tomica was only charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. However, police say test results came back earlier this week showing her blood alcohol level three times the legal limit which paved the ways for the harsher charges. According to the Miami Herald, in addition to the manslaughter and leaving-the-scene charges Tomica will also be hit with DUI property damage and resisting arrest without violence.
A DUI manslaughter conviction in tandem with a leaving-the-scene conviction carries a maximum sentence of 30 years. A DUI manslaughter charge on its own would have only carried a maximum sentence of 15 years.
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