Hearing for California hit and run involving Riley Hoover continued

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

The case of a former Hudson man accused of killing a 21-year-old nursing student in October has been continued until Dec. 19.

Riley Dean Hoover, 19, of Chico, Calif., was scheduled to appear before California Superior Court Judge Kristen A. Lucena Dec. 5 on charges stemming from a Sept. 22 accident were 21-year-old bicyclist Kristina Chesterman was struck and killed in California.

Hoover's attorney, Clyde Blackmon, was out of the office and unable to return phone calls.

The continuance in the case was due to the change in Hoover's defense attorney, according to Butte County District Attorney Michael L. Ramsey.

Police allege Hoover was traveling about 45 mph when his 2009 GMC Envoy struck Ms. Chesterman Sept. 22 around 11 p.m., according Chico Police Lt. George Laver. Ms. Chesterman died of her injuries two days later.

Police found parts of a vehicle near the impact scene which they later identified as belonging to Hoover's vehicle, Laver said.

Hoover was charged with DUI/alcohol gross bodily injury and causing a coma; driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent/causing injury; leaving the scene of an accident; the sale and transportation of marijuana, and the manufacture of a controlled substance other than PCP.

Hoover, a 2012 Hudson High School graduate, pleaded not guilty to all charges Oct. 23.

Police also allege that Hoover, who had about three pounds of hash in his car, packaged and ready to be shipped "to a location in Ohio," could be part of an illegal marijuana growing operation, according to Laver.

In the investigation stemming from the accident, about 12 people have been arrested in a marijuana growing operation, Laver said.

Hoover remains in jail. Bond information was not available.

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