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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.

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Visduh Jan. 15, 2013 @ 10:09 a.m.

This is another one of those cases, where if the driver had stopped immediately and summoned aid, would have likely had no criminal prosecution. (If St Ives was DUI, that would have been a different matter.) But the calloused way she dealt with the victim, and then the coverup, was over the top. I always thought she got off with a light punishment, and one that didn't exactly act as a deterrent to others who might similarly flee a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision. I'm rooting for the victim's mother, not because I want her to get a bunch of money, but to really exact some punishment from the perp. It is doubtful that she'll be able to get anything out of St Ives. A home is judgement proof, or so I'm told by attorneys, and if she lives on the property, it probably cannot be seized. Even if it is, it won't fetch $15 million.


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