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Chico State nursing student brain dead after being hit by alleged drunk driver

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:29:19 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 24 2013 09:06:26 PM CDT
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Kristina Chesterman

CHICO, Calif. -

A Chico State nursing student is brain dead after she was struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding her bike home from the library Sunday night on Nord Avenue.

Police say 21-year-old Kristina Chesterman was hit by an intoxicated 19-year-old Riley Hoover.  Kristina's parents, Sandra and David Chesterman said on Monday that they believe she may not survive. On Tuesday at 1:40 p.m., they said she was declared brain dead.

They are keeping her on life support in order to harvest her organs.

"The cops woke me up at 6 this morning and told me that she was hit by a drunk driver and it didn't look like she was going to make it," said Bailey Sanders, Kristina's roommate.

Sanders said she saw Kristina at their home Sunday afternoon around 3 before heading to the library to study for a test.

"She wanted to be a nurse. She loved it, it was her passion," said Sanders.

"She was the best. She would have made the most amazing nurse -- she was caring, loving and a hard worker," said Kristina's classmate, Rachael Nuno.
     
At the library Kristina met Nuno at around 3:30 p.m., and studied for hours.

"I decided to stay a little bit longer and she wanted to go home," said Nuno.

It was on her way home that Kristina was hit.

"Oh my God, she was the best nobody is going to be able to replace her. It's going to be really difficult," said Sanders.

Hoover was originally charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing serious injury or death and leaving the scene of a collision resulting in great bodily injury or death, both of which are felonies.

Now, an additional charge of gross vehicular manslaughter will be filed with the Butte County District Attorney's Office.

Hoover's first court appearance will be on Wednesday.