Woman Who Witnessed Hit-and-Run Honors Tow Truck Driver in Poem

Katherine Cimorelli posted the poem "You can't buy a Life" on her blog Tuesday, the day after she witnessed a driver, who was alleged under the influence, hit a tow truck driver, killing him.

A woman who was being assisted by a tow truck driver when he was struck and killed in hit-and-run crash on Pacific Coast Highway posted a poem Tuesday honoring the man.

Katherine Cimorelli wrote that she was on the side of Pacific Coast Highway when the tow truck driver, Ronald Carver, 45, of Newbury Park, was struck and killed by a silver Audi, whose driver kept going. Jill Rose, 44, of Santa Monica is accused of driving under the influence in the hit and run crash. Rose will likely face vehicular manslaughter and other charges. (Read more about the crash here.)

Cimorelli posted a poem about the crash on her blog, Sonnets and Scribbles, writing: "I wrote this poem when I got home last night, and it's dedicated to the tow truck driver. May he rest in peace, cradled safely in the love of our Father."

Here is the poem:

I watched you die tonight.

I didn't know you more
Than three or four sentences
Just casual words exchanged,
"What happened to the car?"
"Where would you like it towed?"
You smiled, simply, kindly
Just doing your job
Just helping out a frightened girl
On the side of a dangerous highway.

I heard the noise
I did not see the car
What was she thinking?
How could she leave you there,
Speeding off in a frantic hurry like that?

It must have been Fear, I decide.

All I remember were
The golden headlights
As I leapt in front of
Countless cars
Screaming, screaming,
"Stop! Stop!"
I pointed at your body
I did not dare to go too close.

The ambulance came.
They lit the flares.
The paramedic approached me-
"He's passed."
"Just five deep breaths."
"It's out of your control."

And I learned tonight
You cannot buy a Life
With unceasing sobs
And helpless prayers of pleading.
So I'm left to say,
Rest now, sir,
In the arms of the One who loves you most.
I asked Him to give you
His deepest place of Love
I asked Him to care for
Your grieving family

I never got to meet your brother
Who, I overheard,
Was on his way
So all I have
Is your full name
I'll carry it forever with me.

Read the full blog post at kathcim.blogspot.com.

Carter Northrup February 13, 2013 at 05:43 AM
May the family of Ron Carver find comfort in this song from Katherine and her sisters. Know that we are all with them. God bless. "Wings" by Cimorelli http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9JycLc56Mk
Kelli February 13, 2013 at 06:24 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.
stewart resmer February 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM
And at this very hour there are scores of other people like Mr Carver taking the dispatchers calls at all hours of the day and night to come and help, they change the flat tires on bended knee. They jump start dead batteries, they unlock babies and pets sometimes too. They sweep up the glass from the road after the crash, and spread some sand so that the motorcycles dont slip and fall on the oil and antifreeze. They often go where angels fear to tread as a matter of routine, at the side of the road as others who pass by barely notice them at all, or even care that they are there. Slow down when you see their becons flashing, give them some room, heck stop and wait to let them do their job when they need to pull in or out? After all the next time it may be you they are trying to assist.
Phyllis Johnson February 13, 2013 at 02:52 PM
So hard to make sense of it all. Thank you, Katherine for your moving, spiritual tribute to a stranger who was there for you and now is in the arms of the angels.
Hans Laetz February 13, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Thank you.
Judy Lan February 13, 2013 at 03:18 PM
please pray that Katherine will be able to heal. please pray that the victim's family and friends will be able to heal. please pray that the impaired driver will recover and learn from this experience so she can change her life for the better. by the way, she and her 5 sisters make up the band Cimorelli. check them out on YouTube: http://youtube.com/cimorellitheband :)
Mike g February 13, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Thank you ma'am for your wonderful words about tow nations fallen brother. God bless you and again thank you. Mike "Oscar" owner of J & M Roadside Tucson AZ (11 yr operator)
cynthia benjamin February 13, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Beautiful words....I just wish all of you would not have experienced such a horrible experience......I wish for all to be able to heal from this......and others learn from it!
Lynda Beverly February 13, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Very well said Thank you!! I'd like to share this on my Slow Down Move Over "it's the law" page on Facebook or maybe you can post in your own words on the page.
John February 13, 2013 at 05:54 PM
That was nice.
Anne Vitolo February 13, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Tearfully touching. Thank you Katherine for honoring him with your words. May God heal your heart and the hearts of his family.
Tony O. February 13, 2013 at 10:16 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. 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.
malibuchiropracticandwellness February 14, 2013 at 06:35 PM
that was beautiful! Saying a prayer for the family today, and hopefully, everyone who reads your precious poem will be reminded to drive (nothing else) when driving; and how alcohol can change your life (and so many others) forever!!
Mikke Pierson February 14, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Thank you for sharing. Very touching.
Helena Von Weinberg February 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Is there any way that we can find out if the family needs help? Perhaps they will be struggling with their financial obligations, or the children need assistance? It is sad, let us all be consciously aware, when we see a truck, or any car that needs assistance, to please slow down move to another lane, and also flag others to warn them to change lanes. It would be a simple solution to allow the tow trucks to put large yellow and black rubber markers 4 feet from their trucks which would require everyone to give them space, that is all that is required. Make it official buses use markers and stop signs and we must stop, why not this?
Glenn February 15, 2013 at 09:13 PM
I met Ron about 20 years ago when I started working for his parents at The Bent Cue in Newbury Park. About 8 years ago, Ron was working at the Thousand Oaks auto dealership and assisted me in purchasing my current vehicle. As everyone that knows Ron, knew he was a car fanatic. I personally had some great times with Ron, including a Hummer off road ride-a-long, which I'll never forget. The most gracious family I will ever meet. Ron's mother is such a strong lady and is taking it one day at time. I will be much more aware of tow truck drivers than ever before. Rest in peace Ron, and give your dad a huge hug for me!!!


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