OROVILLE -- An Aug. 25 trial date has been set for an Ohio man charged for a Sept. 22 hit-and-run collision in Chico that killed bicyclist Kristina Chesterman of Livermore.
Butte County Superior Court Judge James Reilley set the date on Wednesday for defendant Riley Dean Hoover, 20.
Hoover has pleaded not guilty to charges including felony driving under the influence, causing injury for the death of Chesterman, a 21-year-old Chico State University nursing student. He also faces the special allegation he inflicted great bodily injury causing coma.
The defendant is also charged with felony counts of leaving the scene of a crime, transporting marijuana for sale and manufacturing concentrated cannabis.
In a second case also set for trial Aug. 25, Hoover is charged with two felony counts of money laundering.
Supervising deputy district attorney Mark Murphy said the prosecution will seek to consolidate the two cases for trial.
Defense attorney Clyde Blackmon of Sacramento has not agreed to that.
During a March 7 preliminary hearing, Chico police Officer Todd Lefkowitz testified Chesterman and her bicycle were struck in the bike lane by a vehicle on northbound Nord Avenue. Chesterman had been returning to her apartment after studying at the college library.
Following the crash, she was taken to Enloe Medical Center and declared brain-dead two days later.
While officers were responding to the crash scene, Chico police Sgt. Matt Nowicki responded to a report of a vehicle crash in an apartment parking lot at 730 Nord Ave., about four blocks away. A witness took Nowicki to Hoover's apartment where the officer saw Hoover apparently asleep in a chair. Nowicki reportedly tried to rouse the defendant and smelled alcohol.
Hoover was taken into custody and went to Enloe for a blood draw at 11:45 p.m. Lefkowitz testified the sample found a blood-alcohol content of 0.33 percent, more than four times the adult legal limit.
Nowicki saw a black GMC Envoy sport utility vehicle with Ohio plates in the apartment parking lot. The vehicle had damage that appeared to match the parking lot crash in addition to front-end damage to the hood and grill, including a missing piece.
Experts from the state Department of Justice found cloth fibers from cracked paint on the SUV that were similar to Chesterman's clothes. The missing grill area on the SUV also appeared to match a piece of plastic recovered from the initial crash scene.
During an inventory search of the SUV, officer Winston Capucion found a sealed shipping box containing 2.95 pounds of concentrated marijuana.
Hoover remains in custody at Butte County Jail.