Pictures released in chef's fatal hit and run case
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Officials have released new evidence in the case of a hit-and-run that killed a South Beach chef on his way to work.
The State Attorneys office released pictures on Tuesday as part of the discovery process in the DUI manslaughter case against 20-year-old Karlie Tomica in the hit-and-run death of executive chef Stefano Riccioletti on Jan. 28.
The pictures show a tearful Tomica with her makeup running down her cheeks. The pictures were taken when police caught up with the self-proclaimed "party princess" after a witness followed her.
According to police, they said Tomica had finished her bartending shift at Nikki Beach in South Beach. Documents show Tomica's blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.
Inside Tomica's vehicle, police took pictures of shakers, bottle openers and other bartending tools. Police also documented her uniform and hundreds of dollars in cash.
Riccioletti was on his way to his job when, police said, a Dodge Charger, seen in pictures with front end and passenger side damage, struck him. The passenger side mirror was found on the scene, and the front windshield was smashed.
According to attorney Carlos Silva, who is representing the Riccioletti family, said the pictures of Tomica show her state of mind after the accident. Silva said he believes that Nikki Beach encourages their employees to drink on the job.
Tomica remains on house arrest.
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