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Chico State nursing student critically injured after being hit by alleged drunk driver

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:20:17 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 24 2013 01:29:55 PM CDT
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21-year-old Kristina Chesterman,  Chico State nursing student was left brain dead after she was struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding her bike home on Nord Avenue.

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CHICO, Calif. -

A Chico State nursing student is in critical condition.  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.

This is not the first time this Bay Area family has had to deal with one of their children being injured in Chico.

In February Kristina's brother Daniel Chesterman, 19, was visiting her at Chico State when he was attacked near 9th and Hazel Streets.

Investigators said Daniel was punched in the face by Rodney Freeman.

Police learned Freeman had tweeted about the attack writing "I literally collapsed half of someone's face last night #newsoftheday." That led to his arrest and a no contest plea to battery.  Freeman will be sentenced in November and could face 4 years in prison.  

Daniel Chesterman is recovering from his injuries.  He has had several surgeries and four plates were placed in his head to repair the damage from the February attack.

Now, six months later, heartbreak has struck again for the Chesterman family after Kristina was hit by a car Sunday night.
      
"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.

If Kristina does pass away, District Attorney Mike Ramsey says Hoover could be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Police say he fled the scene after hitting Kristina before hitting a car in an apartment complex parking lot.

Hoover's first court appearance will be on Wednesday.