Teen runner hit by car during Hood to Coast relay

Teen runner hit by car during Hood to Coast relay

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18-year-old Chelsee Caskey was hit by a driver while participating in the Hood to Coast marathon late Friday night. She was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland where she was in the Intensive Care Unit.

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by By NICK BRADSHAW and ANTONIA GIEDWOYN, kgw.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 28 at 8:26 AM

SCAPPOOSE, Ore. - A Lincoln High School student was seriously injured Friday night during the Hood to Coast relay when she was hit by a car, police said.

Chelsee Jean Caskey, 18, was running on the northbound shoulder of Highway 30 near Scappoose when she was struck from behind by a northbound Kia Rio.

After the collision, the Kia Rio crashed about 50 feet down an embankment.

The driver was identified as 20-year-old Chrystal Marie Meyer, of Rainier, said Oregon State Police Lieutenant Gregg Hastings.

Both women were transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

Caskey was listed in serious condition in the hospital's intensive care unit. Troopers said she was wearing a reflective vest and using a runner's headlamp. She was running for the Lincoln High School Hood to Coast Relay team.

Meyer suffered minor injuries and was being held for observation, according to Hastings. The crash investigation continues.

Race organizers expected about 17,000 runners to make the 197-mile trek this weekend. The run is split into 36 legs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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