Driver accused of hitting Hood to Coast runner arrested for DUI

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by By ANTONIA GIEDWOYN and NICK BRADSHAW, KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 28 at 3:43 PM

PORTLAND - Police arrested the driver accused of hitting a teen runner during the Hood to Coast relay over the weekend and charged her with driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Chrystal Marie Meyer, 20, from Rainier, was arrested Sunday night and transported to Multnomah County Jail, said Oregon State Police Lieutenant Gregg Hastings.

Meyer faces charges of assault, reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants - drugs.

The Lincoln High School student struck Friday night is expected to survive, according to family.

Teen Hood to Coast runner hit by car

Just after 9 p.m. Friday, 18-year-old Chelsee Jean Caskey was running on the northbound shoulder of Highway 30, near Rocky Point Road, when she was struck from behind by a northbound Kia Rio, police said.

Her mother believes it's a miracle Caskey survived.

"She's going to make it. It's going be a lot of hard work," Arlene Green said.

Caskey's head hit the windsheild and she was carried on the hood of the car until it crashed through a fence, authorities said.

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

Both Caskey and Meyer were transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

Caskey was listed in serious condition in the hospital's intensive care unit. She had a broken leg, broken ribs and serious internal injuries.

Troopers said she was wearing a reflective vest and using a runner's headlamp. Caskey was running for the Lincoln High School Hood to Coast Relay team.

Meyer had minor injuries, according to Hastings.

Hood to Coast organizers don't know if the accident will lead to any changes. They said it was the first accident of its kind in the history of the race.

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