Man charged with drunk driving after girlfriend fatally struck in Seaford

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 4, 2017

An argument over dinner turned deadly on Long Island this week, with a Melville man now charged with drunk-driving over his girlfriend as she banged on the vehicle to get inside.

As the couple left the restaurant, the man, identified as 57-year-old Robert Savinetti, tried to leave in his auto while his girlfriend was still outside. She worked there as a bartender a few days a week.

Detective Lieutenant Stephen Fitzpatrick said the couple had a domestic dispute during dinner at the Cardoon Restaurant in Seaford.

Savinetti returned to the restaurant, and found first responders still administering CPR to the doomed girlfriend, the complaint said. Police noted Savinetti had red, glassy and bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.

The boyfriend later told cops that "he left her [at the restaurant] to teach her a lesson about smoking", according to court documents cited by Newsday. According to her Facebook profile, his girlfriend handled bookings for the band.

He is charged with vehicular manslaughter, leaving scene of fatal collision and two counts of driving while intoxicated. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded without bail.

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