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Police: Man runs over girlfriend, keeps driving after an argument about her cigarette-smoking habit

A New York man was arrested after he allegedly ran over his girlfriend on Tuesday after she reportedly smoked in front of him while eating out at a restaurant.

Newsday reports that Robert Savinetti, 57, is accused of running over Lisa Miceli, 44, with his Toyota RAV4 on Tuesday night, as they left the Seaford restaurant in Nassau County. According to Nassau prosecutor, prosecutor Tara DePalo, the victim fell under the vehicle at around 10:50 p.m. after she lost her footing.

“The victim ran alongside of that vehicle for some time but then lost her footing and ended up underneath the rear passenger tire. The defendant kept driving.”

According to court records, Savinetti returned to the scene only after his friend and owner of the restaurant, Cardoon Mediterranean Grill, called him and told him that his girlfriend was injured and on the ground. When Savinetti pulled up, medical professionals were giving Miceli CPR. Officers noticed that Savinetti returned to the scene with bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol, and had an unsteady walk.

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Savinetti admitted to investigators that he had around four glasses of wine earlier that evening, and also admitted that he left his girlfriend behind to try “to teach her a lesson about smoking.”

“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,”  Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick of the Nassau homicide squad said in a statement. “And she was attempting to get into the car to get his attention and he ran over her.”

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Officers noted that a test revealed that Savinetti’s blood alcohol level registered at almost twice the legal limit.

Miceli, a mother of two, died from her injuries. Officers arrested Savinetti and charged him with vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He’s being held at the Nassau County jail without bond.

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[Feature Photo: Nassau County Police Department]