Miami Beach Police have confirmed that Karlie Tomica was legally drunk when she hit and killed Chef Stefano Riccioletti last month.
The self-proclaimed party princess hit Riccioletti as he was on his way to work at the Shore Club. Tomica did not stop after fatally hitting the chef, and was followed by a Good Samaritan who called police and led them to Tomica's apartment complex. She was arrested, and now reports reveal she had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. She was also charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Tomica, 20, was on her way home from her bartending shift at Nikki Beach when the accident occurred on Jan. 29. The arrest report found that Tomica had slurred speech, reeked of the smell of alcohol and refused to talk a sobriety test. However, a blood sample was taken. She was later released after posting $10,000 bond.
The crash is now the source of several lawsuits, including one by Riccioletti's widow who is suing Tomica, Nikki Beach Hotels and Resorts, claiming that Nikki Beach allowed Tomica to drink and work as a bartender despite the fact that she was underage. Riccioletti's oldest son has also filed a separate lawsuit.
The irony is that Nikki Beach was named after the daughter of the owner, who was killed by a drunk driver.
Tomica has since deleted her Twitter and Facebook accounts, where she called herself a party princess. She is expected to turn herself in Friday.
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Source: The Miami Herald, "Party Princess Karlie Tomica legally drunk in chef hit-and-run case," Feb. 12, 2013.