A woman who allegedly struck and killed a tow truck driver with her car in Malibu last year has pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular manslaughter and one count of hit-and-run driving. Both are misdemeanors and she is expected to avoid jailtime.
Jill Rose, a 45-year-old Santa Monica resident, is scheduled to be sentenced in the case on Thurs., Feb. 20 in Van Nuys. She faces a maximum of 3 years probation, 60 hours of Caltrans work, 1 year of court-ordered rehab, a 3-year driver’s license suspension and restitution payment to the victim’s family, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
Rose was arrested last February after investigators said she hit tow truck driver Ronald Carver while he assisted another driver on the side of Pacific Coast Highway near John Tyler Drive. Rose fled the scene and was arrested a short while later when she crashed into a parked car two miles east near the Malibu Pier.
Carver, who worked for Platinum Tow and Transport of Camarillo, had lowered the bed of the tow truck to pull the disabled car onto the bed when the accident occurred, according to investigators. The owner of the car that Carver was assisting told Sheriff’s deputies that a gray Audi drove off the road, caught the edge of the lowered truck bed, and did a full barrel role in the air before landing on its tires and kept going. At some point it struck Carver, according to the bystander.
In the aftermath of Carver’s death, the Malibu community held a fundraiser to benefit his widow and children. Carver was a Newbury Park resident.