Family and friends are mourning the loss of a Butte College student whose life was cut short while riding her bike through a busy intersection last Friday evening.
Janee Nickerson, 20, was struck by a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Amanda McClintock on the corner of East First and Oleander Avenues. Nickerson was traveling eastbound on East First Avenue preparing to make a left turn onto Oleander Avenue when she was hit from behind by the driver who was also eastbound, Chico Police Lt. George Laver said.
McClintock was booked for driving with a suspended license and was released from the Butte County Jail, according to the Butte County Jail website. McClintock was convicted back in 2010 driving under the influence in Tehama County, according to the court documents. Investigators say both the driver and the victim in Friday's accident were not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs.
Nickerson was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash suffering major head injuries, Laver said.
"She was on her way to go hang out with her roommate that night," said Jeremiah Brown, Nickerson's friend since junior high school. Brown was with Nickerson's boyfriend when they received the news.
Brown and a group of friends drove to Enloe Medical Center to pray for Nickerson but doctors would later declare Nickerson brain dead.
"It all happened so fast," Brown said.
Nickerson was taken off life support Monday morning and her organs were harvested.
"She was ready to be with her savior," Brown said.
Nickerson would be happy that another person would benefit from her organs, he said.
"She loved to help everyone around her," he said.
Nickerson attended Butte College completing her general studies but knew she was sent to do something bigger.
"She was not really passionate about school, she knew you didn't need a degree to spread the word of the lord," Brown said.
Nickerson wanted to explore the world by going on missionary trips, he said.
Friends shared tears and laughter about a young athletic swimmer who touched so many lives during the candle light vigil.
Family and friends will be hosting a memorial Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood Church of Chico.