Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Kristina Chesterman, a 19-year-old student who was killed in a bicycle accident involving a drunk driver. Kristina is originally from Livermore, CA.
Kristina, a nursing student at Chico State University, biked home from the library around 11 p.m. She was less than one block from her home when a drunk driver struck her with a 2009 GMC Envoy. She was carried about 120 feet, and her bicycle traveled another 210 feet before it dislodged from the vehicle. The driver continued down the road and hit two parked cars before stopping. Kristina was riding in the bike lane at the time of the accident.
The driver, Riley Hoover, 19, left the scene of the accident and stumbled home, where the police found him passed out on the floor. He was arrested on the scene. His blood alcohol was tested ten hours after, with a result of .10. It is estimated that his blood alcohol level was 0.30 at the time of the accident. California’s legal limit for blood alcohol level while driving is 0.08 for persons at least 21 years old, and 0.0 for those under 21 years old.
Riley Hoover is now facing felony DUI, hit and run and vehicular manslaughter charges. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted and currently remains in custody at Butte County Jail. He was not a student at Chico State University or nearby colleges. Hoover, originally from Hudson, Ohio, was previously convicted for selling marijuana and was under probation. A search of his apartment revealed hashish, and records show that Hoover requested a medicinal marijuana card in April 2013. It is not clear why he was in California, and his vehicle still had Ohio license plates.
Kristina was taken to the hospital in critical condition but was pronounced brain dead shortly thereafter. As a registered organ donor, her family kept Kristina on life support to preserve her organs. Kristina’s dream since childhood was to become a nurse, and she wished to volunteer with Doctors Without Borders before working at Stanford Hospital.
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