A Long Island man has been charged with drunkenly killing his girlfriend with his car. The couple was apparently in the midst of an argument when the deadly incident occurred, with multiple news outlets reporting the man left his girlfriend at a restaurant to "teach her a lesson about smoking" shortly before he ran her over.
Melville resident Robert Savinetti, 57, has been charged with manslaughter in connection to the death of his girlfriend, 44-year-old Lisa Miceli. Prosecutors say that on Tuesday night, Savinetti and Miceli were dining at the Cardoon Mediterranean restaurant in Seaford, and got into in an argument outside the establishment around 11 p.m.
Savinetti allegedly got into his car without Miceli and began driving off; Miceli reportedly ran alongside the car and banged on the window before she fell under the back wheels. Prosecutors say Savinetti kept driving when she was under the car, inflicting injuries that later proved fatal.
According to court documents obtained by Newsday, Savinetti told police he left Miceli "[at the restaurant] to teach her a lesson about smoking," and that he'd had four glasses of wine when he got behind the wheel. The owner of the restaurant called Savinetti to tell him his girlfriend was lying in the road, according to the Post.
"They were dining, and during their experience in the restaurant they had a verbal argument, and it continued out into the parking lot where he tried to leave and leave her behind," Stephen Fitzpatrick of the Nassau police homicide squad told Newsday. "And she was attempting to get into the car to get his attention and he ran over her."
Savinetti, who had reportedly been dating Miceli for five to seven years, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving while intoxicated.