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Tow Truck Driver Killed in Hit-and-Run

A Santa Monica woman is being investigated for felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs stemming from the crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

A tow truck driver was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Monday night.

The hit-and-run crash was reported just before 9 p.m. Monday on eastbound PCH between John Tyler Drive and Puerco Canyon Road in Malibu, according to Lost Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Treinen of the Lost Hills/Sheriff's Station.

The tow truck driver, who was assisting a SUV, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to sheriff's Lt. Robert Wiard.

The man was identified as Ronald Carver, 45, of Newbury Park, Sgt. Philip Brooks said. Carver worked for Westlake-based Plantinum Towing.

"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," Brooks said.

Two miles south Jill Rose, 44, of Santa Monica crashed into a parked car near the Malibu Pier, Brooks said.

Rose was treated for head injuries and other non-life threatening injuries, and a witness identified her as the driver who struck Carver, he said.

Rose is facing felony hit and run and possibly some type of vehicular manslaughter charges.

Investigators took a blood sample, which will help determine if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the crash.

The woman whose SUV was being loaded onto the tow truck bed was not hurt in the crash.

"She was on the landward side of the tow truck," Brooks said.

The sergeant added that he knew Carver, who leaves behind a wife and three children.

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

David Huntsman February 12, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Susan, really? "Screw bike lanes"?
Jessica E. Davis February 12, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I appreciate the passion everyone is showing here, especially when it comes to PCH safety. I just want to remind everyone that someone has died in tragic circumstances. So going forward, before hitting submit and replying to a comment, stop for a minute, take a breath and remember to be respectful.
Jane Bellomy February 12, 2013 at 06:09 PM
After experiencing a shooting assault in my car, alone on a dark street (not in a bad neighborhood either), the LAPD never came...the ones who did come, starting w/ the dispatcher who put me at the top of the list, were two tow truck drivers who surrounded me w/ their big 'ole machines and took care of me...my heroes that night, for which I am forever grateful. God bless and keep Ron Carver and his family...my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you.
Marshall Thompson February 12, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Horribly sad, poor guy just doing his job helping people. That lady driver will be up on manslaughter charges at the very least. The Malibu City Council does not put public safety as it's first priority. No, it's far more important and glamorous to focus on sketchy land-swaps and polishing City Hall. PCH is a death trap 24/7. Let's do what it takes as a City to get more patrol cars on the street more of the time especially when the drunks are out in force at night. What can an individual driver do to improve traffic safety? 1. Give cops and tow truck operators at work on the side of the road a wide berth - move into the left lane safely a good distance before coming on to the scene. 2. Obviously, don't speed or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 3. Safely report suspected DUI drivers on 911. 4. Give bicyclists plenty of room when you pass them. 5. Just play nice: no more road rage, no angrily tailgating the driver who "deserves it" because he rudely cut you off. Pat Benetar told us that "Love is a Battlefield," but PCH doesn't have to be.
chad robinson February 12, 2013 at 06:14 PM
It didn't do much good to spend all that money on greenery in the medians when the sheriffs drive thru them when traffic is congested and they have an emergency... seems alittle like pissingin the wind to me. The city can be picture perfect but without its citizens feeling safe in their backyard its no better than a cleaned up Van Ness
Paul Grisanti February 12, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I'm mystified by those that want to blame this on the City of Malibu. Was the City hosting an all you can drink party that Jill Rose attended? Did the City get control of PCH from Caltrans when I wasn't paying attention? Did they cut back on the money we are spending with the Sheriffs to provide traffic control. Didn't we just get (within the last 24 months) an agreement from the CHP to take their blinders off when they drive through Malibu. What should they be doing? Will everyone who thinks that we are not doing enough send in an encouraging letter the next time we have a drunk driver roadblock?
bern February 12, 2013 at 07:17 PM
My condolences to the family of Ron, may he rest in peace. I often worry about tow truck drivers, once when our car hit a chair on the 101 resulting in a tyre blow out, the tow truck driver was nearly hit when getting out of this truck. I thorougly agree with your comments about implementing measures to prevent accidents. Overseas in Europe and even in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is very common to see black spots marked with mangled cars & bikes on display for everyone to see. Signage warning drivers of the dangers of black spots are posted in many European countries. I think when a driver is confronted by these warning signs they are apprehensive to drive carelessly and will take due care. There are too many deaths on PCH for the city to ignore, I drove by the cyclist who was killed back in October and every time I drive up that hill I think of her. Flashing warning signs should be posted at these before these black spots, the city can easily afford it and it's up to the people of Malibu to demand it.
Lori Jacobus February 12, 2013 at 07:34 PM
My heart goes out to Ron and all the loved one he has left behind. I thank him for his years of service and am grateful for all the tow truck drivers who risk their lives every day in service of all man kind; they are true heroes. My heart also goes out to the stranded driver of the SUV who witnessed the accident. As someone who drove by moments after the accident, knowing what I saw, I cannot imagine what horror you witnessed and I am sending you lots of healing love and light as you move through this. I am also saddened for the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian, and I know many will not understand this. How many of us have struggled and had bad lapses in judgment risking a similar outcome but somehow were lucky enough to not have to live it? I am not saying what she did was right, clearly it was terrible and the consequences of her actions are disastrous. May we all be better as a result of this tragedy.
Marshall Thompson February 12, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Good points Paul. To that: I'm FOR DUI checkpoints and I'm FOR the City paying for more patrol cars more of the time. Visible police presence impacts motorist behavior immediately. Who amongst us doesn't "cool it" when the black and white is near? Enforcement is key, and that is up to the City which seems to favor funding anything BUT public safety.
Lori Jacobus February 12, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Jessica - thank you for the lovely reminder of compassion
John Z. Shafai February 12, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Many cyclists have been killed on PCH. As recently as October 13, 2012, Marisela Echeverria, a 36-year-old triathlete raising money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was killed when parked cars forced her out of the cycling lane catapulting her into an oncoming bus after her tire got stuck in a groove. Safer bike lanes are not a panacea for PCH. I don’t think the City Manager ever suggested that in isolation.
Jessica E. Davis February 12, 2013 at 09:06 PM
I've added much more detail to the story, including the name of the towing company Ron Carver worked for.
Tom Bates February 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM
thanks Jessica Tom bates
David Saul February 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM
All of the points are valid and my heart goes to the family. As far as PCH is concerned we have a very dangerous road and we need to use all the resources available to the city. I would suggest that as a public safety commissioner all of you who have commented today come to our next meeting and air your views in a public forum.
nat February 13, 2013 at 01:09 AM
I know the person who was getting her car towed her name is Katherine Cimorelli she is a singer for her band of 6 sisters called Cimorelli. she wrote a poem about the accident here is the link to her poem about the tow truck driver http://kathcim.blogspot.com/2013/02/you-cant-buy-life.html my heart goes out to the tow truck driver and to Katherine for witnessing a man's death and tryed to help him <3
Lori Jacobus February 13, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Thank you, Nat, for sharing this. It helps...
chad robinson February 13, 2013 at 01:57 AM
The poem was awesome, i have shared it for a couple of the drivers that were there, one of which also saw the accident. Thank u
Carol Ackerman February 13, 2013 at 03:29 AM
I also know Katherine, and I can tell you that she and her huge extended family-and-friends community are greatly saddened over this tragedy. Thousands of us have sent out prayers and words of comfort for the family and friends of the tow truck driver. The kind comments about him here are a comfort to me as well. Thank you all.
Ann Tomkins February 13, 2013 at 03:50 AM
My heart goes out to the family of the tow truck driver and to everyone who was touched by this tragedy.
Ann Tomkins February 13, 2013 at 04:04 AM
I think we need the CHP patrolling PCH again. Why is it that they stopped? PCH is a state highway. Drunk drivers are a dangerous problem on any road but with highway speeds they are more likely to kill someone. DUI checkpoints tend to target residents and cannot solve the problem of people from other cities driving drunk in Malibu. People who live in Malibu are only a small percentage of the traffic on PCH. The City of Malibu cannot afford the constant patrolling of PCH necessary to catch drunk drivers. The State needs to step up and patrol the State highway.
Carter Northrup February 13, 2013 at 05:33 AM
This story has been all over social media as Cimorelli is quite a famous pop group. My heart goes out to the family of Ron Carver. A guy doing his job...deserving of all our compassion and respect.
Jessica E. Davis February 13, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Katherine Cimorelli gave me full permission to re-post her poem here on Malibu Patch. Here is a link to the story I wrote about her poem: http://patch.com/A-1SFy.
Kelli February 13, 2013 at 06:29 AM
Heartbreaking. For the needless loss of Mr Carver's life, for the tragic memory Ms Cimorelli will mo doubt carry with her for the rest of her life. And for the unconscionable act of Ms Rose to cruelly drive on after striking another human being. Maddening. Senseless.
Lobo Grande February 13, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Went to school with Ron and he was such a great guy. Always had a good word and a smile on his face. He did NOT deserve to go out like that and leave his wife and little kids behind. Damn that woman's poor judgment. If she has any brains at all, this will haunt her for the rest of her life... deservedly so.
Annie M. February 14, 2013 at 06:10 AM
Such a horrible and senseless tragedy. My heart and prayers go out to Mr. Carver's family and friends, Katherine, and everyone involved. Does anyone know if there is a memorial fund for Mr. Carver's wife and children?
Tony O. February 14, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I knew Ron. He helped me out with towes on a few different occasions. We became "around town" friends as we both lived in Newbury Park and I would run in to him from time to time, to include a night of trick or treating a couple years ago. I most recently saw him at Home Depot. Although, I did not know him welI, I did know him as a very good man who helped me out on more than one occasion, always a friendly smile. I know he was very involved with his church and he leaves behind a family that loves him very much. Rest in peace Ron. My prayers are with you and your family.
Robert Jaye February 15, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Instead of writing cheesy speed trap radar tickets while hiding at the entrance to the Ralph's parking lot.......how about patrolling PCH 24/7? It would go much further to prevent these terrible tragedies.
Qiao Lou February 22, 2013 at 03:23 AM
A story by Malibu News said Jill Rose "faces multiple charges including hit and run, manslaughter...". Is that true? According to my sources, Ms. Rose has not been charged and on Feb. 22, left the hospital on her own, and is free without charges. The Sheriff's department commented in response to a phone call that they had not charged Ms. Rose because their investigation was "continuing". "What??!!". A man is dead; witnesses saw the hit and run; Ms. Rose hit a parked car.... Duh. What are the police doing? Nothing! Why? For everyone's safety including Ms. Rose's, she should be in custody.
Joni February 27, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Trust me ... She will have to see the judge. Just the same as the woman who killed my Sister in Law last September. It takes about a year to go from completing the investigation to trial. :((
Laura March 01, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I just saw this. I knew Ron very well. I knew his family from years back when I lived in Newbury Park too. I no longer live in California and I am sad that i did not know about this until now. This is so senseless and sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the Carver family. Rest in peace Ron.

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