A hit-and-run accident in Huntington Beach on Sunday took the life of one person, sent another to the hospital and yet another to jail.
According to Jennifer Carey, public information officer for the HBPD, the incident took place shortly after 8 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway near Newland Avenue, involving two pedestrians and a Nissan Altima.
Arriving officers found Deanna Stuve, 48, of Hemet, dead in the roadway. The other pedestrian, Frederick Stuve, 50, also of Hemet, was found to have suffered serious injuries, and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
Police believe that the driver of the Altima, identified as Chillandra Bell, 26, of Victorville, continued to drive a short distance, after her vehicle struck the pedestrians. She, and an unidentified female passenger left the Nissan behind, got into a waiting white sedan that left the area.
Thanks to video surveillance and the statements of witnesses, officers were able to identify the getaway vehicle and trace the registered owner’s whereabouts to a home in Huntington Beach. Officers arrested Bell as she was leaving that location.
The preliminary investigation by HBPD indicates that the Altima was moving northbound on PCH when it ran a red light, striking the two pedestrians who were walking in the crosswalk at Newland Avenue.
Bell was booked in the HBPD jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, hit-and-run resulting in death or injury, and additional charges.
The identity of the driver of the “getaway”car is still under investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or events leading up to it are asked to call HBPD traffic investigators at (714) 536-5670 or (714) 536-5663.
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