Driver sent to prison for hitting Hood-to-Coast runner

Driver sent to prison for hitting Hood-to-Coast runner

Credit: Police mug shot

Chrystal Marie Meyer is accused of driving under the influence

Print
Email
|

by By kgw.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 25 at 12:45 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A 20-year-old Rainier woman was sent to prison Tuesday for hitting a runner during Portland's Hood-to-Coast race last summer.

Chrystal Meyer changed her plea to guilty and was sentenced to 16 months for DUII and assault.

Lincoln High senior Chelsee Caskey has made an incredible journey since she was struck Aug. 21 during the race, knocked unconscious and suffered a stroke. At one point she was listed in critical condition.

It was Caskey's third relay. She was still in the first leg of the race and had reached Scapoose when a passing car struck her, knocking her unconscious.

Caskey was thrown onto the hood of the car. She struck her head against the windshield and landed on the side of the road.

When she failed to reach the next exchange, her team knew something was wrong.

Caskey was found in bad shape on the roadside, her leg shattered, her ACL ligament torn and her foot broken.

Meyer was allegedly high on methamphetamines and marijuana, police say, when she struck Caskey.

Caskey continues to recover and plans to run in more races in the future.

Print
Email
|