Suspect in Dragging Death Pleads Not Guilty

Detra Farries, the woman accused of dragging a tow truck driver to his death in February 2011, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

The charges against her include felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident in the death of Allen Rose, 35, in Colorado Springs on February 23, 2011.

Rose was preparing to tow an illegally parked SUV when someone entered the vehicle and drove away. Rose tried to chase down the SUV and prosecutors say Farries ignored Rose’s attempts to flag her down. Rose got tangled in the dangling tow cable and was dragged for more than a mile.

Farries claimed that she didn’t know she was being towed. Farries’ lawyers told a judge that witnesses saw the tow-truck driver run after Farries’ vehicle with a knife. They also told the court that Farries has limited visibility behind her due to broken and obscured mirrors on her vehicle.

Rose’s death inspired a new state law that requires tow truck drivers to place a large sticker n the driver’s side window warning that the vehicle is under tow before hitching up the vehicle. Additionally, drivers passing a tow operator preparing a vehicle are required to move over one lane.

Farries’ bond was reduced from $50,000 to $25,000 and she remains in the El Paso County Jail.

Trial was set for November 7, 2011.

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