A New Hampshire woman is behind bars after she allegedly ran over her neighbors next door, killing a man and her dog while he was drunk.
Catrina Costello, 38, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, driving intoxicated with serious bodily injuries, leaving the scene of an accident that caused serious bodily harm and violating a stalking protection order.
Costello crashed into Stephen and Erin VanDelina as they took their dog for a walk near their home in Seabrook around 6:20 pm on Wednesday night.
Stephen, 64, and the couple's German pastor, named Lucy, were killed. Erin, 61, remains in the hospital in serious condition.
Catrina Costello, 38, was arrested after she allegedly ran over her neighbors next door, killing a man and her dog while he was drunk. The neighbors had a restraining order against her
Costello crashed into Stephen and Erin VanDelina (pictured) as they took their dog for a walk
The tragedy has completely shaken the very close neighborhood. Residents described Stephen and Erin as kind neighbors, and Lucy as a gentle dog.
Although Stephen and Erin were loved by their community, the couple had decided to move out of their home for 20 years because of Costello and his partner.
The problems between neighbors, who lived side by side for five years, began in 2016, when Costello's pit bulls attacked Lucy and bit Stephen.
Costello and his partner began to frequently harass their neighbors, residents said.
"When Steve and Erin walked the dog, when they passed, they shouted obscenities and showed them their finger," said Kay Henderson, who lived across the street, to The Boston Globe.
Stephen, 64, and the couple's German pastor, named Lucy, were killed. Erin, 61, remains in hospital in serious condition
Stephen and Erin were beaten just a few blocks from their house in Seabrook around 6:20 pm on Wednesday night
The couple sold their 20-year-old house (pictured) and they were only a week away from moving because things had gotten so bad with Costello and his partner.
Stephen and Erin described four additional incidents of harassment in 2017 when they requested a restraining order against Costello that year.
He was issued a one-year harassment final order, which expired next month, and he was ordered away from Erin and avoid stalking or abusing her and Stephen.
He also prohibited Costello from approaching less than 50 feet from the couple's dog.
"Collectively, these repeated incidents would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety," wrote the judge who issued the order.
Problems among neighbors began in 2016, when Costello's pit bulls attacked Lucy and bit Stephen. The couple received a restraining order (pictured) against Costello the following year
"VanDelina testified that she feels threatened, does not know what the accused is capable of, and feels that she has been intimidated, harassed, threatened, mocked and screamed."
But things between the neighbors became so bad that Stephen and Erin decided it was time to leave behind curses and threats.
An offer was made at his home and a moving truck was parked outside his home on Thursday. They were preparing to move into their new home next week.
Brian Henderson said he does not think the crash was an accident.
The neighbors said they are absolutely devastated by the tragedy. In the image there is a mailbox that was destroyed by the accident just a few blocks from the couple's house
"For me, this is a murder, really," he told NECN. "I hope it is treated that way and I hope the police will find out what really happened."
The New Hampshire State Police and the state attorney's office are investigating. The autopsy of Stephen VanDalinda is scheduled for Thursday.
"It does not make any sense how the tragedy happened in this way," said neighbor Aboul Khan.
"We are praying for Erin to improve and hopefully she will succeed." All are devastated. "