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Gardens woman arrested for DUI manslaughter in friend’s death last September


By Alexandra Seltzer

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

— After facing a judge Thursday morning, a 20-year-old woman accused of driving drunk and killing her best friend in a September crash posted bond and was released under supervision.

Sabrina Gavagni Fiorentino, of Palm Beach Gardens, surrendered herself to Palm Beach Gardens Police Wednesday afternoon and was charged with one count of DUI manslaughter and two counts of DUI damage to a person or property.

As Circuit Court Judge Ted Booras spoke Thursday, Fiorentino faced forward with her hair pulled over her left shoulder and her hands behind her back, one folded over a clenched fist.

Booras said Fiorentino cannot possess or consume any alcohol or drugs, drive a vehicle, violate any laws or frequent any place that provides alcohol or drugs.

“She shouldn’t be doing that anyway, she’s not 21 yet,” Booras said.

Outside of the courtroom, Fiorentino’s attorney David Roth said she recognizes the consequences of her actions and she is “extremely remorseful.”

“It’s been extremely heart-wrenching,” he said. “It’s a tragedy for her best friend who lost her life.”

Bryanna Sanville, 19, was in the passenger seat of the 2011 Kia Forte Fiorentino was driving on Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens on Sept. 29. The car was headed west when Fiorentino attempted to make a U-turn near the corner of Hiatt Drive and Alister Boulevard around 11:40 p.m.

She pulled into the path of an eastbound 2004 Ford Explorer driven by 42-year-old Dora J. Valencia, also of Palm Beach Gardens, according to a Palm Beach Gardens Police report. In Valencia’s car were 19-year-old Viviana Silva and a boy whose name and age were not included in the report.

The Explorer struck the Kia on the passenger side.

Sanville, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. The others were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Pam Beach for treatment.

A blood test taken at the hospital showed Fiorentino had been drinking and smoking marijuana before the crash, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s arrest report. The combination likely caused symptoms of “a highly intoxicated person,” the report said.

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