Judge sentences motorcyclist who hit bikers

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A 54-year-old Washington state motorcyclist who smashed into two people on bicycles during the last leg of a cross-country race from Florida to Alaska was sentenced to 16 months of confinement after making a plea arrangement.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/vBoVYP ) reports Vik Livingston of Seattle had been charged with felony assault. Charges were reduced to misdemeanor counts as part of the agreement.

The plea deal was announced Monday.

Livingston in June 2010 was taking part in the Hoka Hey Challenge from Key West, Fla., to Homer, Alaska.

She fell asleep 50 miles south of Fairbanks on the Parks Highway and struck the bicyclists on the highway shoulder.

Prosecutors say the Alaska Department of Corrections will decide whether Livingston will be jailed or monitored electronically in Seattle.

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Information from: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com