The passage of time has done nothing to assuage my anger about this case of a reckless driver who, as Miami Beach Police detective Vivian Hernandez tells the Miami New Times' Lanie Doss, was highly intoxicated.
In an article dated February 12, The New Times' Short Order blogger writes:
MBPD Detective Vivian Hernandez confirmed the findings to Short Order. "Yes. She was three times above the legal limit." Hernandez also said that Tomica will have to appear in court and face additional charges.
Though law enforcement officers had only charged Tomica with leaving the scene of an accident which resulted in death, they did so only to wait for the toxicology reports. Tomica now faces serious charges, including one for driving under the influence.
Karlie Tomica is also facing more woes on another front: According to Local10.com, the website of ABC affiliate WPLG-TV, a civil lawsuit, filed by Riccioletti's adult son in Miami-Dade County, also seeks to pin some of the responsibility for his father's death on Nikki Beach management. The suit states that not only did the club hire Tomica, who is not legally allowed to consume alcohol as a bartender, but that management encourages servers to drink with customers for sales purposes.
Riccioletti's family also alleges Nikki Beach (ironically named after Jack Penrod's late daughter who was killed by a drunk driver) knew Tomica was inebriated and was going to drive herself home after her shift.
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