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Woman charged in fatal crash faces plea hearing

July 23, 2019

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman charged with second-degree murder stemming from a crash that killed a neighbor and seriously injured another is scheduled for a plea hearing next month.

Police arrested 38-year-old Catrina Costello, of Seabrook, last year on a charge of fatally striking 64-year-old Stephen VanDalinda and injuring his wife, 61-year-old Erin. Seacoastonline.com reports Costello’s plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21.

Costello is being held without bail. She lived next to the VanDalindas, who had acquired a stalking order of protection against her before the crash.

Attorneys haven’t commented on the terms of the plea.

Costello also was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, aggravated driving while intoxicated, conduct after an accident, and three counts of violation of a stalking order of protection.

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