The Orion

Civil suit filed for deadly car crash

Flowers at the bottom of Big Chico Creek along Bidwell Avenue, where three Chico State students were involved in a single car crash Jan. 26 in the early morning. Orion File Photo.

Mozes Zarate

October 4, 2014

Months after a vehicle crash killed two Chico State students and left one hospitalized, two families are suing each other on behalf of their sons. In April, Steve and Christine Silver, the parents of deceased Austin Silver, filed a suit against 19-year-old Diego Arriaga Rodriguez and his father, Antonio A...

Creek curve poses threat to drivers

Flowers at the scene of a car crash Jan. 26 where three Chico State students were involved. The Orion file photo.

Mozes Zarate

May 14, 2014

Tom Bailey, an 87-year-old Chico man, said that his wife could tell by the hum of the engine whether a passing car would make the curve or fly off into the creek. Off the beaten path of Nord Avenue’s busy intersections is Bidwell Avenue, a winding neighborhood street that runs alongside Big Chico Creek. It’s a thrill-seekerR...

Driver in DUI crash is awake from coma

Diego Arriaga-Rodriguez

Mozes Zarate

April 21, 2014

The driver involved in an alleged DUI single-car crash that preceded the death of two Chico State students in January is awake and recovering. The 18-year-old Chico State student, who was previously in a comatose state following the crash on Jan. 26, is undergoing a rehabilitation program to walk again,...

Alcohol, pot found in driver of fatal crash

Flowers are lain at the scene of a car crash Jan. 26 where three Chico State students were involved. The Orion file photo.

Mozes Zarate

March 7, 2014

The driver in a single-vehicle crash in January that preceded the death of two Chico State students had alcohol and marijuana in his system, according to a toxicology report.Diego Arriaga-Rodriguez, 18, had a blood alcohol content of .06, along with a significant amount of marijuana, said Butte County Distr...

Memorials held for dead students

Bryant Mata-Adams, left, Austin Silver. Photos courtesy of Chico State.

Mozes Zarate

February 3, 2014

Memorial and support services are being held for the students involved in a fatal car crash that occurred on Jan. 27. Services for Bryant Mata-Adams will be held on Feb. 8, at 4190 Front St. in San Diego, according to a campus wide email. Mata-Adams, 19, a passenger in the car, died Jan. 28 at Enloe Medica...

Zingg comments on students’ deaths

President Paul Zingg

Mozes Zarate

January 30, 2014

In a video announcement to the campus Wednesday evening, President Paul Zingg talked about the three Chico State students who were in involved in a fatal car crash Sunday. "They have high hopes, dreams and they and their parents expected tat they would succeed in our company," Zingg said. Austin Silve...

Fundraiser held for student’s funeral

Bryant Mata-Adams

Mozes Zarate

January 29, 2014

An online fundraiser in support of Bryant Mata-Adams' mother has raised more than $10,000 in less than two days. Mata-Adams, a 19-year-old Chico State student, died Monday after a suspected DUI crash Sunday killed one other passenger, Austin Silver, 20, and left driver Diego Arriaga-Rodriguez, 18, in critical condition. The fundraiser's goal is to support Lisa Mata, Mata-A...

Second passenger in Sunday’s crash is dead

Flowers are left at the remains of a crashed that killed 20-year-old Chico State student Austin Silver and 19-year-old Bryant Mata-Adams.Photo credit: Madison Holmes

Mozes Zarate

January 28, 2014

Bryant Mata-Adams, 19, a Chico state student involved in a fatal crash early Sunday morning, passed away overnight Monday, according to the Butte County coroner's office. Mata-Adams is the second passenger to die in the crash. Austin Silver, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, driver Diego Arriaga-Rodriguez, 18, is in...

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