LIVERMORE – While away at college, Kristina Chesterman of Livermore was killed by a drunk driver. Nine years after her death, a permanent memorial has just been placed in the neighborhood where she grew up.
Sandra Chesterman is doing everything she can to continue to keep her daughter’s memory alive. She told KPIX 5 how Kristina loved helping people and animals, along with the color pink.
Flipping through old family photos, Sandra said, “She was such a family person. It just reminds me of how important the family was for her.”
One can hear the pride in Sandra’s voice as she talks about her daughter, Kristina.
“These are like genuine smiles. You know she’s really happy and she just loved life,” she said.
As Sandra found out, the only emotion more powerful than love is grief.
At 21-years-old, Kristina was a 2nd year nursing student at Chico State. On September 22, 2013 as she was riding her bike home from the library, she was hit and killed by a drunk driver.