Eva Knott 9:17 p.m., June 19
Valley Center woman to face civil trial for hit-and-run
Mother of girl killed on Escondido street seeking $15 million in damages
Tiffany St. Ives was 52 years old when she drove into a girl walking across a street in Escondido, in 2007.
Seventeen-year-old high school student Marlene Resendiz was crossing East Grand Avenue at the corner of Rose Street, just before 5 p.m., when she was hit by a black sedan.
Witnesses said the dying girl was carried on the hood 400 feet before the car slowed down and the victim rolled off onto the road. Then Tiffany St. Ives drove away, in her damaged 1995 Nissan Maxima, at dusk on November 24, 2007.
A handyman who repaired the car and painted it gold, revealed what he knew about the incident more than two years later, in January 2010. After a two-week investigation, Tiffany St. Ives was arrested and charged with hit-and-run causing death.
A prosecutor at the time stated that Tiffany St. Ives was involved in at least four more traffic collisions, in the two years between the fatal hit-and-run and her arrest. Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai also claimed that the defendant’s insurance was lapsed at the time of the November 24, 2007 collision.
Tiffany St. Ives pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run on May 7, 2010. A judge sentenced her to one year in jail and granted her probation.
The mother of the girl who was killed, filed a civil suit against Tiffany St. Ives in April 2010. Teresa Cuevas seeks up to $15 million in damages, according to her attorney. A civil jury trial is set to begin on February 1 before Judge Jacqueline Stern, in San Diego’s North County courthouse.
Now 57 years old, Tiffany St. Ives reportedly owns a home on a 5-acre property in Valley Center. A sign at the entrance gate announces “Rocky Hollow Ranch.” Previously the place was known as “The Purple Cow & Friends,” it was described as “a non-profit farm animal rescue organization.” On her website for the animal rescue operation, Tiffany St. Ives had stated: “Our mantra is, We go where no one else will go. We pick up the pieces.”
Image: Tiffany St. Ives reportedly owns a home on 5 acres in Valley Center. Photo Weatherston.