Chico State student's organs save three lives

October 2, 2013 9:45:39 AM PDT
A 21-year-old Livermore woman killed by a drunk driver has saved the lives of three people through organ donations.

Kristina Chesterman was a nursing student at Chico State. She was riding her bike back from the school library last month when a car hit her. Police say a 19-year old drunk driver was at fault.

Sandra Chesterman, Kristina's mother, said two babies in the Bay Area were given parts of her liver and a family friend received one of her kidneys. Sandra said Kristina's heart was donated to Stanford University and all the recipients are doing great.

Chesterman was lovingly known by her friends and neighbors as Tina. Dozens of people attended a vigil outside her parent's Livermore home last week.

"I'm not mad, I'm just sad, it's a big loss for my family, a big loss for, you know, last night we had a candlelight vigil here and you can see everyone she touched here," Chesterman's cousin Stephanie Cornett said.

Police say Chesterman was returning home after studying at the Chico State library when she was hit by a very intoxicated 19-year-old Riley Hoover.

Chesterman's friend Rachael Nuno said they had been studying together for hours.

"She was the best; she would have made an amazing nurse, just caring, loving, hardworking," Nuno said.

Chesterman's parents issued a statement through the hospital saying, "It is incomprehensible that the reckless act of a falling-down drunk could cut short the life of a beautiful, talented person who had so much to contribute to our world."

"There is really no rhyme or reason; there is anger, frustration that someone like her was taken from all of us," neighbor Roxanne Whitehurst said.

The family had gone through another tragedy back in February when Chesterman's brother was badly beaten at Chico while he was visiting her. About a month ago, Chesterman and her mother were interviewed after the man who punched her brother was convicted.

The family is now asking that the man police say killed their daughter receive the most severe sentence if he is found guilty.


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