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Pedi-Cab fundraiser for student killed by alleged DUI driver

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Nov 13 2013 08:30:36 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 13 2013 09:08:49 PM CST
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CHICO, Calif. -

A pedi-cab driver in Chico is doing everything he can to raise money for a foundation dedicated to the 21-year-old Chico state student allegedly hit and killed by a drunk driver.

Mike Griffith owns G-Ride Pedi-Cab, and was inspired to do this project after he realized Kristina Chesterman was one of his fares the night before she was hit.
     
"I knew about this three weeks after I started this," said Griffith.  "I was a 100% now I'm 120%, because this means a lot to me."

Kristina's death was the second tragedy for the Chestermans in Chico this year.  The first was the assault of their son.
    
"If this community comes around, this community is better," said Griffith.  "The Chestermans are going to be blown away when they see how much love there is in this community."
     
"When you hear something like that and it just breaks your heart," said Traci Lay, partner of The Address a local Chico business.  "You know, it really hits home."
     
"There are definitely a lot of good people in Chico and businesses.  It has that small town atmosphere to help each other out," said David Chesterman.
     
Sandra and David Chesterman received a call from Griffith about this idea.
     
"She made an impression on him and vice  versa.  I think she really appreciated it when he was there to help her," said David Chesterman.
     
"We know why Kristina loved it here," said Sandra Chesterman.

The fundraiser starts Thursday and the main event will be held at Chico City Plaza Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.  The Chestermans said they will donate the money to the Kristina Chesterman Nursing Scholarship and to Doctors Without Borders.