A party princess’ manslaughter charge was delivered as the defendant, Karlie Tomica, wept in court recently.
The party princess’ manslaughter charge resulted from the alleged DUI-related death of a local chef in an incident in Miami, the Shore Club’s well known Stefano Riccioletti on January 28.
Tomica, who had declared herself a “party princess” on Facebook, was charged with manslaughter after an initial charge of leaving the scene of an accident, when toxicology tests following the fatal accident returned favoring a trial.
The local CBS affiliate reports on the circumstances that led to Karlie Tomica’s arrest and arraignment:
“According to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, Tomica left Nikki Beach “while highly intoxicated” and drove her boyfriends grey Dodge Charger down Collins Avenue and “began travelling at a high rate of speed … Tomica reportedly hit Riccioletti near the intersection of 18th Street and Collins Avenue and kept going. Riccioletti, the executive chef at the Shore Club on Miami Beach, was on his way to work when he was struck and killed.”
Even before the party princess’ manslaughter charge, Riccioletti’s widow Patrizia Pesce and surviving family filed several suits in relation to the man’s death. Pesce said she found the idea of telling the couple’s children that Riccioletti wasn’t coming home to be unfathomable.
Representing the victim’s family after the party princess manslaughter charge, local and notable attorney Jose Baez commented:
“Stefano is not here, and it doesn’t matter if it is a car or a gun, he was killed. And the persons or person responsible for that need to be held accountable.”
Mark Shapiro is an attorney for “party princess” Karlie Tomica, and he explains that the student and former bartender is just a young woman who made a terrible misstep. He explains:
“She’s just a regular person who finds herself in this horrible situation.”
The party princess’ manslaughter charge could land Karlie Tomica in prison for 30 years.