CHICO, Calif. - The Chesterman family is devastated following the death of their 21-year-old daughter Kristina, who was hit by an alleged drunk driver while she was riding her bike home on Sunday night.
"As a father, as parents -- the family -- I'd like nothing more than for him to spend the rest of his life in jail," said David Chesterman, Kristina's father. "And that's too good for him as far as I'm concerned."
The driver accused of killing Kristina is 19-year-old Riley Hoover of Hudson, Ohio, who made his first court appearance on Wednesday.
Hoover has a history of crime and has previously been arrested for drug trafficking in Ohio. After the accident involving Chesterman, Hoover was found passed out in a chair in the living room of his apartment, after being escorted to the apartment by someone else who lived in the complex.
Police also found a significant amount of hash packaged to be shipped in his vehicle.
"I just want to say, 21 is too young to lose your life because of somebody else's stupid mistake," said Kristina's younger sister, Emily Chesterman. "...I want to thank everyone for supporting us and our friends and family, at home and everywhere else."
Kristina's family said that she was a caring person, the flue that kept everyone together and she would have been the best nurse that anyone could imagine. They said she planned on studying abroad after she graduated from CSU Chico to participate in Doctors Without Borders.
If you want to hear more about Kristina and how the family is coping with their tragic loss, KRCR News Channel 7 will be airing more of the interview at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.