Rider Falls Asleep In Race And Hits Two Bicyclists

A Seattle motorcyclist who fell asleep and hit two bicyclists on the last leg of an epic cross-country race has accepted a plea deal with the state.

The race was called the Hoka Key Challenge. At 8,482 miles, it travelled from Key West, Florida, all the way Homer, Alaska. Nearly 800 people paid the $1,000 entry fee to participate, but only 200 made it to the finish.

Vik Livingston was close to being one of those who completed the race when he fell asleep about 50 miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska. Andy Hutten and Karen Schaad were riding on the shoulder when Livingston came plowing into them.

Hutten’s leg was cut badly in the crash, and Schaad had a chipped vertebrae and a cracked pelvis. Both slid nearly 30 feet on the road, resulting in road rash.

Livingston went to the hospital with cracked ribs, a broken clavicle and a punctured lung.

Her plea deal requires her to serve 16 months in jail and pay restitution to the two cyclists. The Department of Corrections will determine whether she will serve jail time or be monitored electronically in Seattle.

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