A Chico Bicyclist is Brain Dead After Being Struck By Vehicle

Nov 2, 2013 7:08 AM

A vehicle strikes a 20-year-old woman Friday evening while she was riding her bike through a busy intersection leaving her brain dead.

Janee Nickerson, a Chico resident was allegedly hit by a grey car being driven by Amanda McClintock, 21, while she was traveling on East. First Avenue preparing to make a left turn on Oleander Avenue, Chico Police Lieutenant George Laver said.

McClintock didn’t see Nickerson in front of her, he said. The driver hit Nickerson’s back tire launching the victim into the air falling onto McClintock's car windshield.

The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash suffering major head injuries, Laver said.

Investigators say doctors have declared Nickerson brain dead after early testing showed no brain activity.

Nickerson is currently on life support and currently listed in critical condition at Enloe Medical Center.

“It’s likely she will not survive,” Laver said.

McClintock was arrested on the suspicion of driving with a suspended license and could face more misdemeanor charges for the accident, he said.

The Major Accident Investigation Team was on the scene closing East First Avenue between Oleander and Laburnum avenues for more than four hours opening up the streets to traffic at 11:38 p.m.

Chico Police don’t think drugs or alcohol played a role in this accident.

On September 22, Chico State nursing student Kristina Chesterman was riding her bike on Nord Avenue when a drunken driver hit her.

Riley Hoover is accused of allegedly striking and killing Kristina Chesterman and is being charged with felony driving under the influence causing injury, inflicted great bodily injury causing coma.

Police say Hoover’s blood alcohol content level was 0.10 percent, ten hours after the incident happened.

Hoover also faces a felony count of transporting marijuana for sale and an added felony count of manufacturing concentrated cannabis. The additional charges were added following a Butte County Sheriff’s investigation that led to the arrest of 12 other people.

Chesterman was left brain dead by the horrific accident just a block from her home near the Chico State University campus. Two days after the hit and run, the Chesterman family made the agonizing decision to take Kristina off life support and donate her organs.

Hoover has plead not guilty to the charges and will make his next court appearance for a preliminary hearing on Dec.5


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