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Woman now facing charges in deadly hit and run

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - An arraignment is set in the hit and run death of 34-year-old Albert Holman, who was run down in Rancho Penasquitos in October.

While there's been no arrest yet, News 8 has learned that on Friday, 23-year-old Nicoll Koval will turn herself in to the court.

The incident along State Route 56 happened just hours after Holman and Koval had met at a nearby bar. Koval faces a felony hit and run charge for her part in the Oct. 19 death of the 34-year-old Mira Mesa man.

"We just want to know the truth about everything that happened. Just do the right thing. Don't hide behind your Fifth Amendment rights, just come out and tell your side of the story," father Lee Holman said.

In the felony complaint obtained by News 8, the 23-year-old Cal State San Marcos nursing student faces a sentence of up to four years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine.

The documents say the Rancho Penasquitos woman did unlawfully fail to immediately stop after striking Holman on westbound Highway 56 just east of the Black Mountain Road exit around 3 a.m.

Holman had just left a birthday celebration at a Carmel Mountain bar where he had been introduced to Koval earlier in the evening.

News 8 learned Koval left at 11 p.m. and went to the Instant Replay Bar in Rancho Bernardo, where she stayed until closing time. Twenty minutes later on the dark and rainy night, she somehow hit Holman as she exited the freeway to go home.

"What happened when he actually got hit? I think one of the news channels said they found him in a fetal position, and I don't know if he could get that way if he wasn't still alive," Lee Holman said.

A CHP report says Nicoll Koval "walked back to the Black Mountain Road overcrossing" where she observed police vehicles at the scene and then went back home, which is a half-mile away.

The document also says "Koval used her computer to access the CHP traffic incident website" and still "did not make any attempt to report her involvement" to authorities.

Twelve hours after the incident, the TGIFridays waitress went to the CHP with an attorney for an interview. Six weeks later, Lee Holman still has a heavy heart for his son, whom he called his best friend.

"If he just came walking up here right now, that would be the greatest thing in the world," he said.

News 8 tried to get reaction from the suspect's defense attorney, but he did not return our call.

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