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Serious Injury Traffic Crash Involving Hood to Coast Relay Runner - Highway 30
08/23/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An 18-year old female runner participating on a Lincoln High School 2008 Hood to Coast Relay team was seriously injured Friday night when she was struck by a vehicle on Highway 30 near the Columbia / Multnomah County line. Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates on August 22, 2008 at approximately 9:10 p.m. CHELSEE JEAN CASKEY, age 18, from southwest Portland, was running on the northbound shoulder of Highway 30 near milepost 18 when she was struck from behind by a northbound blue 2003 Kia Rio four-door driven by CHRYSTAL MARIE MEYER, age 20, from Rainier. After the collision, the Kia Rio traveled off the highway and came to a stop several hundred feet away from the area of impact and about 50 feet down an embankment.
 
Both individuals were transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.
 
CASKEY is in serious condition in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit. Troopers report she was wearing a reflective vest and using a runner's headlamp.
 
MEYER had minor injuries and was being held for observation.
 
Oregon State Police troopers from the St. Helens and Astoria Area Command offices are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. Scappoose Fire Department, Portland Fire Bureau, Columbia County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT assisted at the scene.
 
Any witnesses who observed the Kia Rio driving prior to or at the time of the crash are asked to call Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.