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Santa Monica Woman Suspected of DUI in Fatal Crash

The 44-year-old driver faces possible felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter charges in Malibu crash that killed a tow truck driver.

A  driver from Santa Monica suspected of being under the influence was facing possible felony charges Tuesday after her car struck and killed a tow truck driver, who was hooking up a disabled vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. 

The suspect—identified as Jill Rose, 44, of Santa Monica—was taken into custody after her car struck a second vehicle that was parked near the Malibu Pier, the sheriff's department reported.

For more details on the crash, click over to Malibu Patch.

The fatal crash was reported around 9 p.m. Monday on the east side of PCH at John Tyler Drive. Ronald Carver, 45, of Newbury Park, died at the scene.

"The victim was finishing hooking up a car when he was struck by a silver Audi that hit the ramp of the tow vehicle, did a complete barrel role and continued south on PCH," said sheriff's Sgt. Philip Brooks of the Los Angeles County sheriff's Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

"A witness identified the silver Audi as the one that struck the tow truck driver," Brooks said.

Rose, who was taken to a hospital for treatment of "head trauma and other non-life threatening injuries," faces possible charges of felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter, Brooks said.

The crashes and subsequent investigation prompted the closure of both eastbound lanes of PCH near John Tyler Drive and one eastbound lane near the Malibu Pier.

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— Malibu Patch editor Jessica Davis contributed to this report.

Ted J February 13, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Put her under the jail!!!!!
Ding Gullberry February 13, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Agreed!
Eddie Greenberg May 02, 2013 at 02:47 AM
A person lost their life because this driver was drunk? There ought never to be a plea bargain in this case. A driver that is 44 years of age knew what the risk was that she was taking. The tow truck driver's life was snuffed out. This deserves the maximum penalty under the law!

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