Hit-and-Run Suspect Karlie Tomica: Underage Bartender at Nikki Beach?

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The culinary community is still reeling after hearing about the death of Terrazza executive chef Stefano Riccioletti.

Riccioletti, a family man with two small children, was struck and killed in an apparent DUI hit-and-run around 6 a.m. Monday by 20-year-old Karlie Tomica.

Tomica fled the scene in her car, only to be chased 40 blocks by Good Samaritan Jairo Fuentes. Fuentes witnessed the incident and followed Tomica while on the phone with police.

Read also:
- Terrazza Executive Chef Stefano Riccioletti Killed in Hit-and-Run

In the released 911 call, Fuentes tells the emergency operator: "I'm here right now... the lady is really drunk and she just came out of the car."

WPLG Local 10 reports that Tomica's arrest report also states she appeared drunk.

In a further twist, WPLG's report states Tomica told police she bartends at Nikki Beach.

The story is getting worldwide attention, with the Daily Mail reporting that Tomica was returning home from a shift at the trendy nightclub.

If that's the case, Nikki Beach was employing an underage bartender.

According to Florida law, a person must be 21 to consume alcohol, but can serve alcohol at 18 (and sell alcohol at age 16 -- presumably meant for retail workers selling sealed containers).  Short Order consulted with an attorney who requested to remain anonymous regarding Florida laws pertaining to the legal age to pour, serve, consume, and possess alcohol, as well as the possible ramifications that may occur. We were advised that although you can serve at the age of 18, you cannot pour spirits under the age of 21.

In addition, "A licensee, or his or her or its agents, officers, servants, or employees, may not provide alcoholic beverages to a person younger than 21 years of age who is employed by the licensee except as authorized pursuant to s. 562.111 or s. 562.13, and may not permit a person younger than 21 years of age who is employed by the licensee to consume alcoholic beverages on the licensed premises or elsewhere while in the scope of employment. A licensee, or his or her or its agents, officers, servants, or employees, who violates this paragraph commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. This paragraph may be cited as "the Christopher Fugate Act."

If a Nikki Beach employee served her alcohol -- the nightclub could face penalties.

A first offense carries a $1,000 fine and seven-day license suspension. A second offense within three years brings a $3,000 fine and 30-day license suspension, while a third offense within three years means license revocation.

In addition, if Tomica was, in fact, returning home directly from Nikki Beach, the nightclub could be named in a civil lawsuit. Criminal allegations might be harder, because they would require proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Nikki Beach management and employees either served alcohol to Tomica or witnessed her drinking alcohol on the premises before leaving in her car.

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left several messages with Nikki Beach for comment about Tomica. We will keep you posted with updates to the story.


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funnfine1984
funnfine1984

This is a horrible situation for both parties.

All I can say is that I personally cannot judge karlie. If you have driven drunk or even tipsy you cannot make any type of judgement. Karlie is like every other Miami person. People drink and drive all day, every day all around the world. not making this an excuse, but if the state and MADD have such a huge problem with DUIs, then why doesn't the state change the alcohol laws? Miami has a serious drinking problem. Every social activity involves alcohol.

the problem here too is who was allowing this under age girl to drink? Supposedly, nikki beach is dedicated to the founder's daughter who was killed by a drunk driver... Who in their right mind opens up a club (that serves alcohol) to honor their child. What a great way to add more drunk people on the streets.

Maybe things like this are suppose to happen to give Miami a wake up call.

My heart and prayers go out to the family of the chef and also to karlie. Both parties are each serving a life sentence, one of grief and the other of guilt.

kristinthegre8
kristinthegre8

SHE'S NOT GOING TO DO ANY TIME BECAUSE SHE HAS MONEY

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

@ Adri your probably one of those stupid cubans that dont know how to drive..it does Not go both , stop your bullshit..u dont own the road when you have a car

Adri Rodriguez
Adri Rodriguez

@ Donnie. Yea jackass born n raised here maybe u did? have you heard of JAYWAlKERS! Tends to happen a lot especially with foreigners that think this is like their country! Pedestrians need to watch out for cars and streets! If you feel people will abide the DMV rules....have a reality check, half the people in Miami are undocumented and illegal driving cars? So watch out with your way of thinking or you'll be surprised. It cuts both ways!

mexkompa1
mexkompa1

And exactly what is NIKKI'S BEACH WAITING TO MAKE AN STATEMENT!!!!????????

Pathetic. I will never put a feet on that establishment ever again. Damn, not even because the guy was an in industry one.....fuck Nikki's beach.

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

Another thing I think the news/media is playing on is the "party princess" aspect. Granted the webpage indicates that, but it's part of the job for many in the industry ? It's like harping on a prostitution sting and then playing up that the girl(s) involved had a webpage for escort services and advertised in the back of the Miami New Times ? Or perhaps did a modeling job for a local adult club, yet wasn't an entertainer at the place ?

johnnikash
johnnikash

So disappointed in this Miami staple for staying quiet on this for so long! Why don't they have a PR rep? I bet the Penrods wouldnt approve of whoever is taking their sweet time Atleast tell us your cooperating! PR and Human Decency 101! Were all looking at them we all know they messed up and yet they just sit there still updating their facebook pages to sell more alcohol, more food. this is so sad and they dont seem to care at all

Jorge Luis Hernandez
Jorge Luis Hernandez

This new generation SUCKs....she was DRUNK,TEXTING and Probably popped a MOLLY...IDIOT!!!...give her Life in Prison!!!

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

^^^@Adri are you serious? did you buy your license from your cousin? PEDESTRIANS ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY, read the driving manual again, there are careless drivers not pedestrians...smh

Adri Rodriguez
Adri Rodriguez

Put yourself in both shoes here! Its sad for both parties! Streets are for cars n people need to be more aware n alert as well as drivers especially in SOBE... Just a sad situation all around. Hopefully there's video surveillance that will conclude the outcome of this story. Born n raised in Miami n this city has only gotten worse by the minute with too many people n too many cars 247 n people being careless pedestrians n drivers as well.

oracle71
oracle71

How accurate is New Times blogger's source? TIPS does not seem to be a legal source of alcohol enforcement laws in Florida, especially being that it states a disclaimer on their website: "the information provided should not be relied upon in place of official documents". Furthermore, the information this article is based on is FIVE years old, as stated on TIPS website (2008). New Times, please state your source as something more tangible. How about a Florida Statute?

Dulce Maria
Dulce Maria

poor delusional young ladies chasing the glitter of a "Miami lifestyle".

Jenn EV
Jenn EV

^lol right?! bitch just sharp u-turned into a nightmare.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

Here's the deep pockets that the lawyers will go after, she's going to get burried under the jail for her part just the same.

Jenn EV
Jenn EV

underage drinking and legal age to bartend are two different things. instead of being responsible and banking on of-age patrons this girl just let alcohol ruin her life

George Attard
George Attard

True. But I've seen other websites besides tips that says you can be 18 and pour.

Isabel Alvarez
Isabel Alvarez

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chef Riccioletti.

John P Conley
John P Conley

You've got to be kidding me... That's a Class A industry F*** up!!!

funnfine1984
funnfine1984

@mexkompa1 Nikki beach is ghetto ... La piaggia is way better

miamibeach2007
miamibeach2007

@johnnikash

Exactly, no comment isn't good enough!!! At least pretend to care. I know it's Miami, but come on? Especially when it's something that is so personal to this Miami staple just google the story behind Nikki Beach.

mexkompa1
mexkompa1

@Adri Rodriguez O.k Adri....let's do that.....oppssss.....sorry I can continue, I am dead. I just put myself in Chef's shoes.......Anything else you want to add??????????????

juststeve
juststeve

@Adri Rodriguez your an idiot. plain and simple - how dare you defend the stupid cunt that hit the guy and drove off.

miamibeach2007
miamibeach2007

@Adri Rodriguez

At 6:30 am there aren't many cars on the road and if she was doing the speed limit on Collins the force wouldn't have been enough to make the man go flying into the hotel driveway. Come on? Your going to defend this heartless bitch??? Remember she drove off to leave this man to die alone. Drunk or not, doesn't matter she was careless in so many ways. She deserves to be locked up for a long time.

miamibeach2007
miamibeach2007

@oracle71

@oracle71 You're the one that sounds like you work for Nikki Beach. You know there is a thing called the Internet and google so I can find out simple things such as the owner or general manager, it is public information after all. Or if I could just call and ask. Before you assume things maybe you should take into account I'm angry because I knew the person who died and I think it's a tragedy that could have been prevented. So clearly you are PR for this establishment or someone who has close personal ties with them. So maybe instead of defending them and reciting Florida statutes you should advise them to lawyer up and make a statement. Clearly, you've done some research. Lol. Jackass!!!

oracle71
oracle71

@miamibeach2007 You seem to be very disgruntled, and being that you are listing specific names for people who work in that establishment, it appears that you have personal issues with them. This is not about you. Either you tried going to this club and you did not meet their standards (thus you were turned away), or you are a past employee that was fired. I highly doubt you have experience to be commenting on management and owners and their operational skills. And you are so highly observant to mention that Nikki Beach is full of alcohol. After all, it is a bar? Dumbass.

murdermysterymiami
murdermysterymiami

@George AttardThe legal drinking age in Florida was raised from the age of 18 to 21 in 1987, when all states adopted the age of 21. However, restaurant servers can be 18 as can bartenders, and at 18 a person may sell beer and wine in an off-premises establishment (meaning alcohol cannot be consumed on the premises). To transport, sell, or handle spirits, the worker must be 21.

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

@miamibeach2007 The news story says closer to 6 AM, not 6:30 AM. There is a difference in terms of whether or not it's still dark vs some pre-dawn lighting. And with the change from DST to Standard time, the street lights cycle on and off under different lighting conditions too. We don't know all the circumstances and facts of the event, but if street lights weren't on, it would be difficult to see a pedestrian crossing the street. Was there construction barricades, did the pedestrian try to beat the motorist across the street ? Crossing on open road and not at a cross walk with the light against the pedestrian. Too much speculation is what I'm trying to say. With out knowing any more than what is offered at this stage, we don't even know what her blood alcohol level was, how tipsy a driver she is at that level. I mean, if she had a drink, the alcohol would be fresh on her breath, how many she might have had would effect her driving. Everyone is offering emotional words. But what if her BAC level wasn't DUI worthy, the chef or even motorist was distracted with a smart phone ? There are an infinite number of factors that may have contributed to this tragedy. I don't know how many times I've seen pedestrians standing in the road waiting for a bus. Or a cyclist riding the wrong way on a street in the dark with no lights on their bike. I'm not looking for excuses or a way out for anyone. But this tragedy was cause & effect and a sum of all the factors. The perfect set of conditions for a disaster, kind of like a perfect storm.

To be honest, I ride my bike on Collins quite often myself, I yield to automobiles simply because I lose in that head to head. Sometimes as a pedestrian you have to not only look both ways when crossing, but be able to make a judgement on the speed a motorist is driving at and if you aren't sure, you stay on the sidewalk, better to let a motorist go by and then cross. At that hour, if the chef was distracted, maybe he stepped off the curb and didn't realize until it was too late that a car was on top of him ? Most times in that case, a pedestrian would be fortunate if traffic was rare. But again, without knowing what both parties did and what was going on and the mindset of either person, we're all just speculating. And if it happened all of a sudden, she, at 20 years old would panic, maybe keep on driving like she did. A few years back we had a Donte Stallworth dui and case. There have been several cycling deaths on key Biscayne. And in virtually everyone of them, there were contributing circumstances by both parties involved.

oracle71
oracle71

@miamibeach2007 My issue - I do not like inaccurate and misleading information, being that I put myself through school and supported my family by bartending at an early age. Again, you are incorrect. I am not associated with Nikki Beach.

miamibeach2007
miamibeach2007

@oracle71 @miamibeach2007

I've lived in miami well before it became Nikki Beach back when it was Penrod's DUMBASS!!! So I know a thing or two. Of course I've been there who hasn't? I think in the last few years I've heard them mentioned on the news several times and not for anything positive. Anyone who has been there knows exactly what I'm talking about. I'm not blaming them anyhow. I just think they should make a public apology for their part in all of this. After-all, this girl wasn't even old enough to bartend? And didn't anyone notice how drunk she was before heading home? It's a bar so I'm sure there were cameras where she was working to see exactly what this "party princess" was doing during her shift.

miamibeach2007
miamibeach2007

@oracle71 @miamibeach2007

When you used to bartend did you ever kill anyone on your drive home from work? Remember the issue at hand an innocent man died. So this is not about defending people or places but rather about seeking justice for the victim and his family.

Miamigirl
Miamigirl

@dannyfanny626 @miamibeach2007 Not true. You can serve spirits under the age of 21. Call any bartending school or look up the law and they will clear that up for you. BTW the title of the article should change. It's very misleading.

dannyfanny626
dannyfanny626

@miamibeach2007 -

We were advised that although you can serve at the age of 18, you cannot pour spirits under the age of 21.

mexkompa1
mexkompa1

@oracle71 @miamibeach2007 It sounds like you are trying to get a job in Nikki beach. I am sure you will get hired, you really seem like a good fit. I am sure mgr appreciates your rambling in the name of "accuracy". Not once did you mention the dead man, his family or the kids he left behind. Enjoy your job, I will make sure to pass by to "tip" you well.......

miamibeach2007
miamibeach2007

@oracle71 @miamibeach2007

Was she old enough to drink though? And where did she get the alcohol? Her shift had just ended. Clearly she was drunk or she wouldn't have drove off or refused a blood test. When the blood work comes back we will know exactly how intoxicated she was. Being that her shift ended so late there is no way she could have stopped at another bar or a liquor store in between driving home. So ultimately there are no excuses you can make to defend Nikki Beach's part in this. Like I said it could have easily been prevented if anyone cared to pay attention.

oracle71
oracle71

@miamibeach2007 To answer your question: Florida Statute 562.11 and Florida Statute 562.13 state that the legal age to prepare and serve alcohol is 18, while the drinking age is 21. Furthermore, if you were as attentive as you claim to be, you may have noticed that this article drastically changed hours ago, when I wrote to the editor of this article, asking for a more substantial legal source. Miami New Times was INCORRECT earlier this morning when stating that it is illegal to hire a bartender under 21. In fact, I have personally been hired at several nightclubs in Miami while being under the age of 21, a full time student, and never broke the law. It appears I know a "thing or two myself".

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