Charges filed against accused hit-and-run driver

January 10, 2018 GMT

The Yuba County District Attorney’s office filed charges Monday against a Marysville woman accused of running into and seriously injuring a bicyclist before fleeing the scene and trying to cover up the incident.

Heather Marie Phillips, 35, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on Nov. 10. She now faces a felony charge of hit and run, and misdemeanor charges for driving on a suspended license, filing a false police report and destroying evidence (officers found Phillips’ shoes at her housing complex hidden around the corner from her apartment). A DUI charge was also filed.

Phillips allegedly struck Tyler A. Rose, 19, while he was riding his bicycle on the shoulder of Simpson Lane on the evening of Nov. 9.

Rose was struck from behind. His bicycle was crushed underneath the vehicle. He was sent smashing into the hood and windshield before rolling over the vehicle and falling onto the ground. According to Appeal-Democrat archives, Rose was transported to Sutter-Roseville Medical Center, where he was treated for brain damage, torn ligaments and a broken nose.

At first, Phillips denied any involvement. Five and a half hours after the collision, she called law enforcement and reported her car had been stolen. She signed the stolen vehicle report after telling responding officers a fabricated story of how her car went missing, according to court documents.

The day after the incident, she continued to deny any involvement until she was confronted with witness statements and evidence against her. She eventually admitted to the hit and run, saying she was traveling 50 miles per hour when she struck Rose.

“By her own admission, she didn’t even want to know what she hit. She was scared and just kept going. She continued about a mile south of the collision scene before ditching her car in an orchard and running away on foot. She arrived at the Yuba Garden Apartments minutes after the collision and immediately began concealing the fact that she was involved in the incident by sweeping broken windshield glass off of her clothing and asking multiple people in the apartment complex for alcohol or anything else to get high,” according to a declaration of probable cause.

Deputy District Attorney Shiloh Sorbello said his office received Phillips’ report on Nov. 30. After finishing the review on Dec. 12, his office determined they would file charges against Phillips and sent a request for a probable cause declaration. The District Attorney’s Office just recently received the declaration, which is why charges weren’t filed until Monday.

No court dates have yet been set.