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Kristina Chesterman, of Livermore, died of injuries after being struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle Sunday evening, Sept. 22, 2013, in Chico, Calif. (Courtesy of the Chesterman Family)

Oroville -- An Ohio man has changed his plea for the hit-and-run crash that killed Livermore native and Chico State University student Kristina Chesterman.

Defendant Riley Dean Hoover, 20, had been scheduled to face trial Monday when he changed his plea Wednesday in Butte County Superior Court.

Hoover pleaded no contest to felony counts of driving under the influence causing injury and leaving the scene of the accident.

The defendant also admitted the special allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury during the Sept. 22 incident in Chico that led to the death of Chesterman, a 21-year-old nursing student and graduate of Granada High School in Livermore.

As part of the plea change, the prosecution agreed to dismiss remaining counts and allegations, including felony counts of transporting marijuana for sale, manufacturing concentrated cannabis and money laundering.

Both sides agreed to a stipulated sentence. Judge James Reilley set sentencing Sept. 5.

It has been 11 months since Hoover and his black GMC Envoy sport utility vehicle struck Chesterman on Nord Avenue as it crosses Big Chico Creek at about 10:47 p.m. on Sept. 22.

Chesterman, who was returning home after studying at the university library, was riding north in the northbound Nord Avenue bike lane when Hoover allegedly struck her as he was heading north to his apartment.


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She was taken to Enloe Medical Center, where she remained on life support until she was declared brain dead on Sept. 24.

Moments after the incident, police were called to respond to a vehicle crash at an apartment complex four blocks north.

Hoover was allegedly driving the SUV with Ohio plates found in the parking lot.

Criminalists from the Department of Justice testified that a piece of plastic recovered from the crash scene involving Chesterman was an apparent match to a section of grille missing from the SUV.

An officer found Hoover apparently asleep in a chair in an apartment. A blood sample taken at about 11:45 p.m. showed the defendant's blood alcohol content at 0.33 percent, more than four times the adult legal limit.

The defendant remains in custody without bail.