Iowa City Vehicular Homicide Suspect's Trial Postponed

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter


By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A 50-year-old Iowa City woman accused of hitting and killing her friend with her 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 truck in June waived her right to speedy trial this morning and asked a judge to reschedule her trial.

Miranda Lalla’s vehicular homicide case was scheduled to go before a jury on Sept. 11.

During her pretrial conference this morning, a judge accepted Lalla’s request to waive her right to a speedy trial and postpone the court date. A new trial date has not yet been set.

Lalla’s charges were upgraded in June from operating while intoxicated to vehicular homicide following further investigation into an incident that left Pamela Gross, 44, of Iowa City, with fatal injuries in the parking lot at 315 First St. in Iowa City on June 17.

Officers were called to the apartment complex just after 7 p.m. on a report of a motor vehicle accident, and when they arrived they learned that Lalla and Gross had gotten into an argument. As Lalla tried to pull away in her truck, she is accused of hitting Gross and several other vehicles in the parking lot, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The altercation had started as a physical fight, according to police. When Lalla tried to leave, Gross stood next to the truck, on the driver’s side, and was knocked down because the door was open as Lalla started to reverse, according to police.

Gross was rushed to the University of Iowa Hospitals Clinics, where she was pronounced dead from the injuries she suffered in the parking lot, according to the affidavit.

Lalla told investigators she had been at the Jobsite bar in Iowa City that evening and drove a friend home, where they began to fight in the parking lot, according to a criminal complaint.

Officers tested Lalla’s blood-alcohol content level at the scene at 0.093, but she later refused chemical testing, according to police.
Lalla remains in the Johnson County Jail, where she’s being held on $50,000 bond.
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