Sabrina Gavagni Fiorentino of Palm Beach, Florida was arrested for Bryanna Sanville’s death on Wednesday, March 28. Fiorentino, 20, allegedly killed her friend Sanville, 19, by driving under the influence in Palm Beach, FL last October. Fiorentino has been charged with one count of DUI manslaughter and two counts of DUI damage to a person or property. She was released on supervision from Palm Beach County Jail on $5,000 bail bond.
The police report indicates that Fiorentino and Sanville were driving back from a visit with Fiorentino’s family in Jensen Beach in a Kia Forte at approximately 11:39 p.m. on Thursday, October 3rd when the accident occurred. Blood test taken later revealed that Fiorentino was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol at the time of the crash. It is not clear what her exact blood alcohol content was, but the report describes her as “highly intoxicated.”
As the pair, who met in high school, were heading home to Palm Beach Gardens, Fiorentino allegedly tried to make a U-turn while driving on Northlake Boulevard, close to the corner of Alister Boulevard and Hiatt Drive. The report indicates that Fiorentino, in making the U-turn, drove in front of an eastbound Ford Explorer. The driver for the Explorer, 42-year-old Dora J. Valencia, was unable to avoid the crash and hit the passenger’ side of the Kia. It is unclear how fast the Explorer was going.
The four survivors of the car accident (the Explorer had two passengers, an unnamed male minor and 19-year-old Viviana Silva) were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment. All four were released within a few days. Sanville, however, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Sanville’s death sent family and friends, former classmates at Palm Beach Gardens High School and fellow students at Palm Beach State College reeling. “She was so fun. She was very smart. She could do anything she put her mind to,” said Sanville’s sister, who mentioned her sister’s big blue eyes and fun and playful personality. A former high school English teacher described Sanville as calm and intelligent, and a welcome respite from the normal chaos of a high school classroom.
An online guestbook filled with notes to Sanville is a testament to how much people loved her. One entry reads, “It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that you’re truly gone. So many people loved you and it is terrible that this had to happen. I miss you more and more every day, you will never be forgotten.” Several shout-outs were also written to Fiorentino in the guest book, empathizing with her situation. No one who wrote in the guest book seemed to blame Fiorentino for Sanville’s death.
Fiorentino, charged with the death of her friend, listened on Thursday as a circuit court judge barred her from driving, going to establishments that provide alcohol or drugs, or possessing or consuming alcohol or drugs. In her mugshot, she appears with no makeup and her hair braided back. It is not clear whether Sanville’s family or others involved in the crash plan on filing lawsuits against Fiorentino.