An Orange County man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a woman at a South Los Angeles street takeover on Christmas Day.
Dante Terrel Chapple-Young, 28, was also charged with one count of hit-and-run resulting in the death of 24-year-old nursing student Elyzza Guajaca, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges also include the special allegation that he used a deadly and dangerous weapon, his vehicle.
Chapple-Young was arrested in Albuquerque last week. LAPD’s investigation took them to Long Beach, Anaheim, Arizona and eventually New Mexico. One detective compared Chapple-Young’s ability to elude police to “a game of chess.”
The deadly incident occurred around 9 p.m. Dec. 25 during a large street takeover at the intersection of Florence Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.
Three vehicles were speeding and doing doughnuts when Chapple-Young, who was driving a black Chevrolet Camaro, lost control after hitting a tow truck being used to block the street. His vehicle then crashed into a crowd standing on the sidewalk.
Chapple-Young was seen on video getting out of the car, getting into a scuffle with the crowd and running away, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.
The impact from the crash left Guajaca pinned between a light pole and the Camaro. She was taken to a hospital and later died from her injuries.
Police are still searching for two other drivers who were doing doughnuts at the time.
“Ms. Guajaca was working toward a career dedicated to bringing comfort and care to people in our community,” District Attorney George Gascón said. “Her life ended because of a street takeover that benefitted no one and only brought heartache. We join Ms. Guajaca’s family and friends in mourning her death.”