Jacopo Riccioletti's lawsuit claims that the operators of Nikki Beach Miami allowed 20-year-old employee Karlie Tomica to drink underage and on the job, and then drive off drunk. Tomica faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death related to the Jan. 28 death of chef Stefano Riccioletti. Jacopo Riccioletti and his attorney Carlos Silva discussed the case. Attorneys representing Tomica and the nightclub could not immediately comment on the lawsuit.
The 20-year-old girl who struck and killed a pedestrian in Miami Beach before fleeing the scene last month had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit, Miami Beach Police said Tuesday.
Karlie Tomica, 20, faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death in the Jan. 28 crash outside the Shelborne Hotel at 1801 Collins Avenue that killed 49-year-old Stefano Riccioletti.
Tomica's attorney couldn't be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.
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Police say Tomica was behind the wheel of a 2007 Dodge 4-door when she struck Riccioletti. Rather than stay at the scene, she drove to her apartment in the 5600 block of Collins Avenue, police said.
A good Samaritan, who followed her and helped officers find her, said Tomica appeared "really drunk," according to 911 calls released by police.
Tomica was booked into jail and later released on $10,000 bond.
Last week, Riccioletti's son filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tomica and the owners of the club where she works, Nikki Beach Miami, claiming the nightspot let her drink and drive.
"Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of chef Stefano Riccioletti and our hearts go out to his children," said Julie Fogel, the global public relations and communications director for Nikki Beach Worldwide, in a statement last week. "We have not been served with a lawsuit and are therefore unable to comment at this time."
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