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Hit-and-Run Accident on South Beach Leaves One Dead

Early Monday morning three lives intersected, leading to the death of one and the arrest of another, after a tragic hit-and-run accident in Miami Beach. It was before dawn when 49-year-old Stefano Riccioletti began his walk to work. He was the executive chef at Terrazza at Shore Club. Karlie Tomica, 20, was headed home after a night on the town and Jairo Fuentes was headed to the gym for his morning workout.

At around 6 a.m. Fuentes was driving north on Collins Avenue. It was at this time that he witnessed Riccioletti get hit by Tomica’s vehicle and go flying into the air. Fuentes dialed 911 and then proceeded to follow Tomica’s car. Tomica tried to lose Fuentes several times as he yelled for her to stop. Her erratic driving led Fuentes to believe that she had been drinking. Eventually Tomica stopped and exited her vehicle. Tomica refused to speak with Fuentes. Fuentes observed a broken passenger window and blood on the side of the car.

Riccioletti died from the impact. Tomica was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident at her apartment, which was not far from the accident scene. She was taken to Miami-Dade County jail and later released on bond. Since then, Tomica has kept a low profile, avoiding reporters and social media.

3 lives intersect in tragedy on a South Beach street, January 30, 2013

Hit-and-run accidents happen all too often around South Florida and cause all too much damage. Families are devastated to learn of a loved one’s injuries or tragic death. Negligent driving, like that at issue here, comes with a high price for everyone involved. The Miami Beach automobile accident lawyers have over twenty years of experience handling serious car accident cases caused by driver negligence. If you have lost a loved one due to a hit-and-run accident, call a wrongful death attorney at the Friedland | Carmona today at (305) 661-2008 for your free consultation.

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