On November 9, 2017 at 5:34 PM, Tyler Rose, an autistic adult, was riding his bicycle southbound on the right shoulder of Simpson Lane just north of Babbington Road. An unknown driver was traveling southbound on Simpson Lane at approximately 50 miles per hour, rapidly approaching Rose. For unknown reasons, the unknown driver veered onto the shoulder and struck Rose and his bicycle from behind. Rose was thrown from his bicycle onto the hood and windshield of the driver's vehicle before tumbling over the roof and impacting the ground. Rose's bicycle was crushed underneath the car and dragged for several hundred feet by the unknown vehicle. The impact and subsequent ejection left Rose on the shoulder with major injuries including head trauma. The unknown driver fled the scene of the collision and ultimately abandoned the vehicle in an orchard approximately one half mile from the collision scene in the area of Simpson Lane and Simpson Dantoni Road before fleeing on foot. Rose was transported by Bi-County ambulance to Sutter Roseville Hospital with major injuries.
Later in the evening, CHP officers followed up on several leads and were able to develop information on a probable suspect, named Heather Marie Phillips, who may have been driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu which was involved in the collision. At approximately 10:30 PM, Phillips called law enforcement to report her Chevrolet Malibu stolen and denied any involvement in a collision.
The following morning, CHP officers continued to investigate all aspects of incident which consisted of physical evidence, records, and witness statements and were able to confirm suspicions that Phillips was driving at the time of the collision. This investigation was extremely challenging due to the inclement weather and numerous other calls for service within Yuba and Sutter Counties. When confronted with all of the evidence collected during the investigation, Phillips confessed to the hit and run.
Phillips was booked into Yuba County Jail on charges of hit and run causing injury (20001 VC), probation violation (1203.2 PC), driving on a suspended license (14601.2(a) VC), and filing a false police report (148.5(a) PC & 118 PC).