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.

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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.