A trial date of Aug. 25 has been set in the Superior Court of California for a former Hudson man now living in California accused in a fatal car accident.
Riley Dean Hoover, 19, a 2012 Hudson High School graduate and resident of Chico, Cali., faces trial on several counts stemming from a Sept. 22, 2013, hit and run accident which resulted in the death of 21-year-old bicyclist Kristina Chesterman.
Hoover has pleaded not guilty to the following charges: two counts of felony money laundering; 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's attorney, Clyde M. Blackmon, called the incident a tragic case and said he is contesting a variety of issues pertaining to Hoover's arrest.
"There's still work to be done on the case," Blackmon said. "There are legal issues we raised at the preliminary proceedings that we will continue to pursue."
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 they later identified as belonging to Hoover's vehicle, Laver said. Hoover was arrested at his apartment, a short distance away, Laver said.
Police also allege Hoover is part of a drug ring, Laver said.
Police allegedly found almost 3 pounds of "bubble hash," a potent form of hashish, in Hoover's car, according to Jennifer Bennett, deputy district attorney for Butte County.
According to police, the hashish was packaged and ready to be shipped "to a location in Ohio."
Police also allege "large deposits" of money placed into Hoover's account are from the sale of the drugs, thus the money laundering charge, Bennett added.
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 remains in jail on a $500,000 bond.