MALIBU — Santa Monica resident Jill Rose, the driver suspected of striking and killing a tow truck driver on Feb. 11, is expected to surrender to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department this week, said Sgt. Phil Brooks of the Malibu/Lost Hills Station.
Rose will be booked Thursday with one count of felony hit-and-run, “for now,” Brooks said, pending the completion of an investigation.
He was unsure what, if any, additional charges Rose would face given that investigators are still working on the case.
“[The charges] may change on Thursday,” Brooks said.
Rose’s lawyer is expected to accompany her when she surrenders. She is expected to immediately post bail, Brooks said.
Rose, 44, is suspected of striking 45-year-old Ron Carver while he assisted a disabled car on the eastbound side of Pacific Coast Highway and John Tyler Drive near Pepperdine University in Malibu. She allegedly fled the scene and 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, Brooks said. Brooks added that the owner of the car that Carver was assisting told 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, the bystander said.
Rose was hospitalized for head trauma she suffered the night of the accident. She is now in a rehab facility for her injuries.