Former Hudson man accused in death of California bicyclist faces new charges

Riley Dean Hoover charged with 2 felony counts of money laundering

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

A former Hudson man who has been charged in a hit and run in the death of a California nursing student in 2013 is facing two additional felony counts.

Riley Dean Hoover, 19, of Chico, Calif., was charged March 7 with two felony counts of money laundering during a preliminary hearing in California Superior Court.

Hoover pleaded "not guilty" to the new charges, according to Jennifer Bennett, deputy district attorney for Butte County.

Hoover's attorney, Clyde M. Blackmon, could not be reached for comment on the new charges. However, Blackmon previously called the incident a "tragic case."

The money laundering charges stem from the original investigation where police allegedly found almost 3 pounds of "bubble hash," a potent form of hashish, in Hoover's car, Bennett said.

According to police the hashish was packaged and ready to be shipped "to a location in Ohio."

Police allege "large deposits" of money placed into Hoover's account are from the sale of the drugs, thus the money laundering charge, Bennett added.

Hoover, a 2012 Hudson High School graduate, has been charged in a Sept. 22 hit and run which resulted in the death of 21-year-old bicyclist Kristina Chesterman.

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.

Police allege Hoover was traveling about 45 mph Sept. 22 around 11 p.m. when his 2009 GMC Envoy struck Miss Chesterman, according to Chico Police Lt. George Laver. Miss 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.

Miss Chesterman, a Chico State University nursing student, lived less than a mile from campus and was returning home after studying at the campus library. She was about two blocks from her apartment when struck, Laver said.

Hoover pleaded not guilty to the charges Oct. 23. He remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. Hoover has a March 19 court arraignment, Bennett said. No trial date has been set, she added.

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