Nursing Students Hold Vigil Outside Enloe Medical Center for Kristina Chesterman

Sep 25, 2013 12:04 PM

(UPDATE) 10:57 a.m.- A statement released by Joe Wills, Director of Public Affairs and Publications for Chico State University:

"It is with great sadness we report that senior Kristina Chesterman passed away yesterday, Sept. 24, in Chico. She was 21. Kristina was riding her bicycle home from studying at Meriam Library Sunday night when she was struck by a car near the intersection of Nord and Stewart Avenues. She was transported to Enloe Medical Center and later succumbed to injuries received in the collision. The driver of the vehicle, who is not a CSU, Chico student, is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing serious injury or death, leaving the scene of a collision resulting in great bodily injury or death, and gross vehicular manslaughter.

Kristina was born Jan. 14, 1992, and graduated from Granada High School in Livermore. She attended Las Positas College in Livermore and Chabot College in Hayward before transferring to CSU, Chico in fall 2012. She was enrolled in the undergraduate nursing program and was on pace to graduate in spring 2015.

School of Nursing Professor Peggy Rowberg said Kristina was a dedicated student and class leader well respected by her peers. She said Kristina had completed an internship at Stanford Hospital last summer and was looking ahead to her career as a nurse. “Her classmates said, ‘She took care of us; she looked out for us.’ They said she led the class. She was a really nice person and was going to be a wonderful nurse.”

We will pass along more information, including any information about services, as it becomes available. The University flag is lowered today in Kristina’s memory.

Students who need support can access free urgent walk-in services at the Counseling and Wellness Center located in the Student Services Building Room 430. The counseling center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call 898-6345."

Students from Chico State’s nursing program held a vigil Monday night for 21-year-old Kristina Chesterman outside Enloe Medical Center. Chesterman was pronounced brain dead at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday after suffering critical injuries from a DUI hit and run collision Sunday night (photo's courtesy of Dan Reidel/The Orion).

A memorial was set up at the scene of the incident last night.

Students and professors held a somber vigil outside the hospital, signing posters and lighting candles in her memory. The 40 or so students in Chesterman's class were sent home after morning classes the day after the incident. Chesterman was a senior who transferred to Chico State in the fall of 2012.

Just before 11 p.m. Sunday evening, the Chico Police Department responded to a possible DUI collision and fatality at 730 Nord Avenue. Officers arrived to find Chesterman in critical condition after being hit on her bicycle and dragged approximately 100 yards down Nord Avenue. The vehicle who struck her fled the scene. She was immediately transported to Enloe Medical Center. Chesterman fought to stay alive until Wednesday afternoon when doctors at Enloe pronounced her brain dead at 1:40 p.m. She had been kept alive to keep her organs healthy for donation in accordance to her wishes.

On Sunday evening officers eventually located the suspect vehicle after it had collided with a parked car in the parking lot of 730 Nord Ave. The driver was identified at 19-year-old Riley, who was determined by arresting officers to have been driving under the influence. Hoover has been charged with felony DUI and Hit and Run, and faces the possibility of a vehicular manslaughter charge. Riley is scheduled to be arraigned in court at 3 p.m. today.

Chico State University plans on releasing a statement regarding Chesterman sometime today.


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