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Hemet Woman Killed, Husband Critically Injured In Hit-And-Run

Patch logo Patch 7/26/2021 Toni McAllister
a person smiling for the camera: Chillandra Dalanalea Bell © Huntington Beach Police Department Chillandra Dalanalea Bell

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — A Victorville woman was behind bars Monday, accused of killing a Hemet woman and seriously injuring a Hemet man during a Huntington Beach crash that she allegedly fled from.

Chillandra Dalanalea Bell, 26, was being held at an Orange County jail following her arrest Monday morning.

Huntington Beach police say Bell crashed into two pedestrians around 8:03 p.m. Sunday on the northbound side of Pacific Coast Highway near Newland Avenue.

DeAnna Stuve, 48, died in the roadway, and Frederick Stuve, 50, was critically injured in the crash. According to police, the man remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday.

Jennifer Carey, spokesperson for the Huntington Beach Police Department, confirmed the two victims were husband and wife.

Bell was driving the Nissan Altima that plowed into the couple, police said. She and a female passenger then allegedly fled the crash and abandoned the Altima a short distance away. The pair hopped into a "waiting white sedan" and left the scene, police said.

After interviewing multiple witnesses and using video surveillance, officers were able to identify the getaway vehicle and trace the registered owner’s whereabouts to a residence in Huntington Beach. Officers conducted surveillance and arrested Bell Monday as she was leaving the residence, police reported.

"It is unclear at this time whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision," police said.

Bell was booked into the Huntington Beach Police Department jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, hit and run resulting in death or injury, and additional charges. She was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and is due to appear in court Tuesday, according to jail records.

The identity of the driver of the white getaway vehicle is still unknown and being investigated, police said.

The female passenger is not currently considered a suspect in the case but the investigation is ongoing, Carey said.

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