Miami Beach: Alleged hit-and-run driver charged with DUI after hitting, killing executive chef | miaminewtimes.com

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Karlie Tomica

Karlie Tomica was booked into jail yesterday after the car she was driving struck and killed a man outside the Shelborne South Beach on Collins Avenue. She might not have been found so quickly if a Good Samaritan hadn’t followed her to an apartment building in Mid-Beach. Now, the witness’s 911 call has been released, and he repeatedly says Tomica seems “really drunk.”

“I’m actually just following a car that just hit a man on Collins Avenue. As far as I know, at this time, she must have killed him,” says the unidentified witness in a 911 call, according to NBC Miami.

The man continued following the 2007 Dodge four-door that Tomica was driving while on the phone with the 911 operator.

“The lady is really drunk, she just came out of the car,” he continues. “She’s outside the car; she’s really drunk.”

The arrest report states she had slurred speech, reeked of the smell of alcohol, and wasn’t able to walk stably. She refused a field sobriety test, but a blood sample was taken.

Tomica, reportedly a college student, was booked on charges of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident but was released less than eight hours later on $10,000 bond.

Her since-deleted Twitter profile described her as “Party Princess Miami Beach.”

Meanwhile, the victim, 49-year-old Stefano Riccioletti, was pronounced dead on the scene.  He was a chef at Terrazza.

via Karlie Tomica, Shelborne Hit-and-Run Driver, Was “Really Drunk,” According to Witness – Miami – News – Riptide 2.0.

Raleigh, NC: Repeat DUI suspect charged in crash killing passenger | newsobserver.com

Lydia Marie Mills

The driver in a fatal single-vehicle crash early Wednesday has been charged with driving while impaired.

A passenger in the Pontiac SUV, Amanda Blake Massengill, of Bailey, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to First Sgt. Jeff Gordon of the State Highway Patrol.

Lydia Marie Mills, 29, of 4104 Labrador Drive, is charged with aggravated felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and failure to maintain lane control, Gordon said.

Hours before the wreck, Mills also was cited by a Wake County sheriff’s deputy for assault, according to the arrest warrant.

The single-vehicle crash occurred around 2:30 a.m., on Labrador Drive, not far from Mills’s home near the intersection of Bluewing Road in the Mallard Crossing subdivision, troopers reported.

Gordon said Mills was driving the SUV west on Labrador Drive when it ran off the right side of the road, struck a tree and came to rest in a ditch.

Emergency workers took Mills to a hospital where medical officials determined that she was impaired, Gordon said. She was treated for her injuries, then booked at the Wake County jail where her bail is set at $250,000, court records show.

Mills was previously convicted of DWI on June 13, 2011, court records show.

via Raleigh driver in fatal crash early Wednesday charged with DWI – Crime/Safety – NewsObserver.com.

Riverside Co., CA: Both drivers dead after head-on crash; Drunk driving suspected | patch.com

Update  from swrnn.com:

Riverside County Coroner’s office has released the names of the two men killed in Tuesday night.

William Messemore, 40, the driver of the pickup truck, and Matthew Camilli, 25, driver of the Dodge Neon, were both killed in the head-on crash that occurred on Grand Ave. and Adelfa St.

Both were residents of Lake Elsinore.

ORIGINAL POSTING FOLLOWS:

Two drivers have been killed in a head-on crash in Lakeland Village and alcohol may have been involved, authorities have confirmed.

The crash reported at 5:51 p.m. Tuesday on Grand Avenue at Adelfa Street involved a charcoal Toyota truck and a white Plymouth Neon.

In addition to the two fatalities, one adult male passenger was transported to an area hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.

The fatalities were both adult males, Hagemann said.

The injured passenger was traveling in the truck.

No other injuries were reported.

CHP is investigating the crash.

CHP Officer Brian Keene said the driver of the truck was not wearing a seatbelt and was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

Before the crash, witnesses reported seeing the truck driver and his passenger at a nearby thrift store, Keene said. The men were looking for a microwave oven to purchase, and they were staggering, their speech was slurred, and they had Budweiser beers in their hands, the officer confirmed.

The men then got in the truck, headed southbound on Grand Avenue traveling in the center turn lane at a high rate of speed, Keene said. The Neon was stopped in the turn lane facing northbound when the truck smashed into it at 70 to 80 mph, Keene said.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not wearing a safety belt; the truck passenger and the driver of the Neon were both restrained, Keene said.

Grand Avenue is expected to be shut down in both directions until approximately 9:30 p.m. and eastbound Ortega Highway traffic is backed up as a result.

The names of the deceased and their ages will be published when they are released by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.

via Suspected Drunk Driver Caused Deadly Lakeland Village Head-On Crash, CHP Says – Lake Elsinore-Wildomar, CA Patch.

Chicago: Two killed while changing tire; Woman charged with DUI | chicagotribune.com

Delia Aguila, 27

Delia Aguila

Police say a Humboldt Park woman was intoxicated when her car struck and killed two people changing a tire in the Parkview neighborhood Saturday night.

Delia Aguila, 27, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence, reckless driving and a handful of other felonies and misdemeanors, police said. The crash happened in the 3800 block of West 87th Street aboug 10:45 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.

According to police, the vehicle Aguila was driving swerved and struck two people who were outside a vehicle on the Southwest Side. Aguila, of the 900 block of North Lawndale Avenue, is due in bond court Tuesday.

The medical examiner identified the two people hit as William Brunson, 39, of the 8200 block of South Harper Avenue in Chicago, and Victoria R. Means, 34, of the 14100 block of South School Street in south suburban Riverdale.

Brunson was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:55 p.m. and Means was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:21 p.m., according to the medical examiner.

via Woman charged with DUI after fatal weekend crash – chicagotribune.com.

Charleston, SC: Driver charged with felony DUI in Sunday fatal crash | wcbd-tv

Lisa Pistolis

Lisa Pistolis

Sunday afternoon police responded to an area of eastbound Mark Clark and the Dorchester Road for a vehicle accident with injuries.

When officers arrived they found one victim ejected from a Jeep Cherokee deceased.  Another victim had several serious injuries.

Two people in a Ford Mustang, also involved in the accident, were not seriously injured.  The driver of the Mustang and passenger of the Jeep were transported to MUSC.

According to police their investigation revealed the driver of the Mustang, Lisa Pistolis, was traveling eastbound on I-526 when her car drifted off the road into the median.  Pistolis attempted to drive back onto the road when she collided with the Jeep.  The vehicle spun out of control and the Jeep flipped several times.

Lisa Pistolis of Hanahan, SC was arrested and charged with felony DUI with death and felony DUI with great bodily injuries.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office says 35-year-old Serjei Cahuantzi from Charleston died from the accident.

via Driver charged with felony DUI in Sunday fatal accident | WCBD-TV 2.

Henderson, NC: 5-year-old boy killed by alleged drunk driver; dad also injured | NBC17.com

Vincent Gregory

Vincent Gregory

Henderson police say a five-year-old boy was killed when he and his father were hit by a truck as they walked along a street.

Police say it happened about 1:15 p.m. as Richard Stokes, 22, and his son, Jayden Stokes, were walking in the 600 block of of E. Montgomery St.

According to police, a GMC truck driven by Vincent Gregory, 47, left the roadway, jumped a curb, hit a telephone pole, then hit Stokes and his son. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital. His father and the driver were also injured.

Henderson police said Sunday night that charges have been filed against Gregory. Charges include felony death by motor vehicle, assault inflicting serious injury by a motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and driving while license revoked. Gregory was being held in the Vance County jail on $1,001,000 secured bond.

Henderson police say the State Highway Patrol is helping investigate.

via Police release name of child killed in Henderson DWI | NBC17.com.

Immokalee, FL: Accused drunk driver kills one in 9 a.m. crash | abc-7.com

An 81-year-old man is dead after a drunk driver ran a stop sign and crashed into his car Sunday morning, according to FHP.

It happened at the intersection of Immokalee Drive and North 9th Street just after 9 a.m.

According to FHP, 81-year-old Joel M. Feinson of Naples was driving through the 4-way intersection when 26-year-old Victor Moreno drove through a stop sign and crashed into Feinson’s car.

Feinson died at the scene.

Josie Estroade saw the crash happen.

“I told my boyfriend to bring the phone, to call 911 because I wanted to see the person in the vehicle to see what I can do, but by the time I got there they said he was gone, “Estroade said.

Neighbors say a wreck like this was bound to happen.

“Many people cross the road to go to school and they don’t make stops,” said Dasey Arvizu, neighbor.

Moreno was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

He is charged with DUI Manslaughter.

via Drunk driver kills 1 in Immokalee crash – ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida.

Arlington, WA: Woman fighting for life after being struck by drunk driver | komonews.com

A woman is fighting for her life in an Everett hospital after her car she was driving was struck by a drunk driver, the Washington State Patrol said.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. on SR-530 at 59th Avenue, just west of Arlington, according to Trooper Mark Francis.

Francis said a car driven by 55-year-old Mary Giebel was traveling east in the westbound lanes of SR-530 when it struck the victim’s car.

The victim, a 59-year-old Arlington woman, was rushed to the Colby Campus of Providence Hospital in Everett with life-threatening injuries including several compound fractures, Francis said. Giebel was taken to Cascade Hospital with broken bones.

Francis said Giebel will be held for DUI vehicular assault.

via WSP: Woman fighting for life after being struck by drunk driver | Local & Regional | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News.

Comanche Co., OK – Woman critically injured in overnight crash; Alcohol factor suspected – News9.com

An Elgin, Oklahoma, woman was critically injured after she crashed her vehicle in Comanche County early Sunday morning. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers believe drunk driving is to blame for the collision.

It happened at 4:35 a.m. Sunday, on Trail Road, just south of Carlson Road in Comanche County.

According to the OHP collision report, a 2013 Chevy pickup driven by 34-year-old Kay L. Glover was southbound on Trail Road, when it ran off the roadway to the right for an unknown reason. Glover over corrected and the pickup went into a broad slide.

The pickup then ran off the roadway to the left and rolled two times.

Glover was thrown out of the vehicle during the crash. She was transported to the Comanche County Memorial Hospital in critical condition, suffering from trunk internal and arm injuries.

Glover was not wearing a seat belt. Troopers say they did smell an odor of alcohol on Glover. They listed the cause of collision as “DUI” in the OHP collision report.

via OHP: DUI To Blame For Crash That Critically Injured Elgin Woman – News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |.

St. Petersburg: Drunk driver kills woman in St. Pete hit and run | TBO.com

St. Petersburg police have arrested a suspect they say was drunk during a hit and run crash Friday evening that left a woman dead.

Officers were called to the intersection of Coffee Pot Boulevard Northeast and Walnut Street after a report of two pedestrians being struck by a pickup that then fled the scene.

According to police, about 6:30 p.m., a black 2006 Ford F-250 pickup driven by Timothy Michael Deacon, 21, was southbound on Coffee Pot Boulevard when he failed to negotiate a curve and drove onto the sidewalk.

Police say Deacon struck two pedestrians who were walking along the waterfront on the sidewalk in the 1900 block of Coffee Pot Boulevard, then fled the scene.

Gloria Mastell, 67, of St. Petersburg, was knocked into Coffee Pot Bayou was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.

The second victim, Roger Wurr, 71, of Germany, was transported to Bayfront Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police say.

Police say a witness managed to get a tag number, and Deacon was located at his residence with the vehicle about two hours later.

Deacon was charged with DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

via Police: Drunk driver kills woman in St. Pete hit and run | TBO.com.

San Antonio: 17-year-old DWI suspect allegedly hits, kills 7-year-old | kens5.com

Luis Landin

Authorities have identified the driver who fatally struck a 7-year-old boy on Thursday night as 17-year-old Luis Landin.

He was booked into the Bexar County Jail early Friday morning on intoxication manslaughter charges.

San Antonio police said Landin was drunk when he lost control of his white pickup truck and hit 7-year-old Brandon Abrams in the 900 block of Autumn Sunrise. The boy was playing on his bike along the sidewalk.

Investigators said Landin claimed he dropped his phone and was picking it up when he slammed into the boy.

The child was near his home when the accident happened. His parent were on the scene and his mother was the first to perform CPR.

Abrams was flown by medical helicopter to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Landin was booked into the Bexar County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Although it has not been determined how fast Landin was driving, nearby residents said the speed limit is 30 mph. They said they have made several requests to have speed bumps installed.

via SAPD: DWI suspect dropped phone before hitting 7-year-old | kens5.com San Antonio.

Rockford, IL: Driver charged with DUI in double-fatal accident | rrstar.com

The woman behind the wheel of a vehicle that left the roadway and slammed into a tree over the weekend claiming the lives of two of her passengers was charged with multiple counts of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide.

Antavia S. McGee, 21, of Rockford was charged Thursday with six counts of aggravated DUI causing death, a Class 2 felony; six counts of reckless homicide, a Class 3 felony; and four counts of aggravated DUI, a Class 4 felony.

The accident occurred at 1:43 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of South Winnebago Street.

Investigators determined the vehicle was traveling south on Winnebago Street when it left the roadway and struck a tree.

The two passengers, Shakiyla Ellis, 20, and Desiree Mannery, 23, were pronounced dead at the scene.

McGee was treated and charged upon her release from the hospital today.

She is being held in the Winnebago County Jail without bond.

A Class 2 felony is punishable by three to seven years in prison. A Class 3 felony is punishable by two to five years in prison, and a Class 4 felony is punishable by one to three years in prison.

via Rockford driver charged with DUI in double-fatal accident – Rockford, IL – Rockford Register Star.

Snellville, GA: Woman killed after alleged drunk driver hits multiple vehicle | myfoxatlanta.com

UPDATES:

The driver has been identified as Michael Owen Snider, 70, of Stone Mountain, Georgia.

The victim has been identified as Mintiwab Woldeyhans, 69, of Loganville, Georgia.

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Gwinnett County police say an apparent DUI driver is at fault for a deadly accident on Highway 78 near Snellville on Wednesday night. Investigators believe the man hit 17 vehicles before slamming into a car, setting off a chain of events that left a woman dead, and another hospitalized.

Police say a man behind the wheel of a pickup truck slammed into their vehicle, pushing it into and under a big rig.

“We bust the window open. At that time we only thought it was one person. But something told me to go around the other side,” said witness Cameron Brown.

Moments after the impact, drivers passing the scene rushed to help.

“We just tried to maintain her, keep her still,” said Brown.

While some witnesses focused on helping those inside the crushed car, others trailed the driver accused of setting the events in motion to a nearby parking lot where police say he crashed into a restaurant.

“The guy got out and someone pinned him against the wall,” said witness Eric Prichard.

Gwinnett county investigators say the unidentified driver was drunk, and that the trouble started at another location.

“This originated in DeKalb County, where he hit five different vehicles, causing five different accidents. Drove into Gwinnett County and was involved in 12 separate hit-and-run accidents. And then was involved in this accident here,” said Cpl. Edwin Ritter of the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The alleged drunk driver complained of injuries and was taken to an area hospital. Police say the driver faces numerous charges, including vehicular homicide, reckless driving, DUI and several counts of hit-and-run.

via Woman killed after alleged drunk driver hits multiple vehicles – Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5.

Portland, Ore.: Manslaughter charge in overnight drunken driving crash killing passenger | kgw.com Portland

Police have arrested the driver after a fatal crash early Wednesday morning in Southeast Portland.

A car struck a utility pole at Southeast Division Street and 42nd Avenue at about 1:30 a.m., killing a 37-year-old passenger, said Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau.

The driver, 49-year-old John Edward Martin of Southeast Portland, was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was arrested after his release. He was charged with second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving and DUII.

The 2003 Mazda 3 was eastbound on Division and hit a power pole at 42nd. The intersection was closed until utility crews could replace the damaged pole.

via Manslaughter charge in SE Portland DUII crash | kgw.com Portland.

Houston – Suspected drunken driver arrested in fatal crash | chron.com

A suspected drunken driver was arrested after a man died in a crash on Texas 6 in southwest Harris County Tuesday morning.

Michael Irvin Clark died in the three-vehicle wreck about 1:40 a.m. in the 3900 block of south Highway 6, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said Clark died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Deputies said the driver of a 2004 red Ford Expedition was traveling northbound on Highway 6 when he failed to control his speed and hit the back of a 2006 silver Nissan Altima, which was also northbound on the road.

The SUV then veered across the raised median into oncoming traffic and slammed into a 2001 white Chevrolet Astro van driven by Clark.

Deputies said the driver of the SUV was arrested for intoxication manslaughter after it was determined he was under the influence of alcohol.

via Suspected drunken driver arrested in fatal crash – Houston Chronicle.