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CHP Recovers Lexus, IDs Persons of Interest in Fresno Fashion Influencer’s Death



Devan Nicole Elayda, a Fresno State student and TikTok star, was killed early Saturday in a hit-and-run on Highway 180. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)
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The California Highway Patrol has identified two people of interest and recovered the Lexus believed to have hit and killed Fresno State student Devan Nicole Elayda early Saturday morning.

A CHP spokesman said Tuesday that the persons of interest are male and female juveniles.

Elayda, who is from Hollister, was a TikTok fashion and beauty influencer with more than 50,000 followers. The 23-year-old also had nearly 5,000 followers on Instagram.

Additional Info Sought in Case

She was driving on Highway 180 near Cedar Avenue when it is believed that she decided to exchange seats with a passenger, according to the CHP.

An oncoming vehicle killed her when she exited the vehicle near the median at about 2:45 a.m. CHP officers pronounced Elayda dead at the scene.

The CHP continues to seek the public’s help with this case. If you have additional information, contact the CHP at (559) 262-0400 or Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867. Tipsters will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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