Tow Truck Driver Killed in Malibu Hit-and-run Crash – Jennifer Gould Reports
MALIBU, Calif. (KTLA) – A tow truck driver was killed in Malibu Monday night when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
It happened around 8:45 p.m. on eastbound Pacific Coast Highway at John Tyler Drive, near Pepperdine University.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies say the tow truck driver was helping a stranded motorist when a speeding Audi slammed into him.
The victim, identified as 45-year-old Ronald Carver, of Newbury Park, was killed on impact. He worked for Platinum Tow and Transport.
Police say that the driver of the Audi, 44-year-old Jill Rose, of Venice, then continued eastbound on PCH.
Her car apparently flipped over, but somehow landed back on its wheels.
She ultimately crashed into a parked car about two miles away in the 22900 block of PCH, near Malibu Pier.
Rose was arrested and then taken to UCLA Medical Center in critical condition with a brain hemorrhage. She is expected to survive.
It’s unclear if alcohol or drugs may have played a role in the crashes. Authorities said Rose had a history of opiate abuse.
She is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.
Eastbound PCH was shut down completely at John Tyler Drive. Traffic was being diverted into one of the westbound lanes.