1 Pedestrian Killed 1 Other Injured Hit & Run DUI Crash

KTLA recently reported that a woman was killed, and her husband was injured in a hit-and-run crash along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

The Huntington Beach Police Department said in a statement that the accident occurred at approximately 8:00 p.m. near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street.

Investigators say that the driver of a Nissan Altima ran a red light and struck the 48-year-old woman from Hemet and her 50-year-old husband while they were in the crosswalk. 

Eyewitnesses to the incident said that the female driver initially fled the scene then stopped a short distance away. The driver and a female passenger then abandoned the vehicle and got into a waiting white sedan that drove away from the crash scene.

Paramedics were called to the intersection, where they declared the woman dead at the scene. Her husband was left seriously injured in the crash. He was transported by ambulance to be treated for his injuries. At the time of the report, authorities say that he remains in critical condition.

Through traffic and surveillance videos and eyewitness accounts, police were able to identify and locate the driver of the Altima at a home in Huntington Beach. At approximately, Police apprehended 26-year-old Chillandra Bell as she was leaving the house just after midnight.

Police have arrested Bell on several charges, including DUI, vehicular manslaughter, fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in severe injury or death, and other related charges. She is being held in the Huntington Beach Jail.

Huntington Beach authorities are still searching for the driver of the getaway driver of the white sedan. 

The incident is currently under investigation.

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