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“Party Princess” Charged In Deadly Hit & Run Released From Jail

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Karlie Tomica (right) arrives to court on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (Source: CBS4)

Karlie Tomica (right) arrives to court on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (Source: CBS4)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Self-proclaimed party princess Karlie Tomica, who is accused of killing South Beach chef Stefano Riccioletti in a hit-and-run accident, has been released from jail on house arrest.

Tomica was fitted with an ankle monitor and released on bond Monday morning.

The 20-year old is charged with DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident with death, DUI with property damage and resisting an officer without violence.

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.

Toxicology results later showed her blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

The Riccioletti family has filed multiple lawsuits stemming from the crash.

Riccioletti’s widow, Patrizia Pesce, is working with attorney Jose Baez on the civil litigation against Tomica, Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts, Penrod Brothers, and Nikki Beach Special Events, who were all listed as defendants.

Riccioletti’s oldest son has also filed a separate lawsuit which claims the management at Nikki Beach club allowed Tomica to drink alcohol while on the job as a bartender even though she is underage.

Tomica’s attorney, Mark Shapiro, issued a statement saying, “Ms. Tomica and her entire family are heartbroken over this tragic accident. Their thoughts and prayers are with the Riccioletti family.”

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