Woman Accused of Running Over, Killing Woman, Facing OWI Charge
By Vanessa Miller, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Police are investigating the death of a 44-year-old Iowa City woman who was killed after getting into a fight with "a friend" who drove her home from a bar, according to Iowa City police and a criminal complaint.
Iowa City police officers responded to 315 E. 1st St. at 7:18 p.m. Sunday on a report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries, according to a department news release. After arriving, investigating officers determined that Miranda Lalla, 50, and Pamela Gross, 44, both of Iowa City, had been involved in a physical altercation.
After the fight, Lalla is accused of getting into her Dodge Ram truck to leave, according to police. At the time she attempted to leave, her driver's side door was open, and Gross was standing immediately next to the truck, between the passenger compartment and the door, police reported. As Lalla was reversing, Gross was knocked to the ground and run over, causing her death, according to police.
Following the crash, Lalla showed signs of being impaired and a field sobriety test showed her blood alcohol content level at .093. She refused further chemical testing, but officers obtained a search warrant for a blood test, and toxicology tests are pending.
Lalla was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, her second offense, and investigators are still looking into details of the incident. She is being held at the Johnson County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash-only bond.
According to a criminal complaint, Lalla told investigators that she had been at the Jobsite bar in Iowa City having "a few beers that evening." She said she drove a friend home, and they began to fight in the parking lot, according to the complaint.
Lalla was first convicted of OWI in May 2006.
Anyone with information about the incident can call the Iowa City Police Department CrimStoppers at 319-358-8477.