Wrongful death suit filed in Chesterman case

Apr 2, 2015 6:33 PM by News Staff

The parents of Kristina Chesterman, the Chico State student killed in a hit and run incident in 2013, are now filing a wrongful death against the man convicted for the crime and his parents.

In the complaint filed with Butte County Superior Court, David and Sandra Chesterman argue that 20-year-old Riley Hoover and his parents were legally responsible for their daughter's death.

Kristina Chesterman died September 24, 2013, two days after Hoover's pickup struck the nursing student as she was riding her bike home from the Chico State library.

In August of 2014, Hoover pleaded no contest to felony DUI with injury, felony hit-and-run and also admitted to the special allegation he inflicted great bodily injury and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Now Hoover and his parents face a civil suit that places much of the blame on Hoover's parents for providing a car and allowing their son to drive despite his history with drug and alcohol abuse and felony probation status.

The Chesterman's suit asks for damages, including all past medical expenses, lost personal property, legal costs and punitive damages in connection with their daughter's death.

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