Hoka Hey motorcycle race participant dies in Alaska crash

Rosemary Shinohara

A 63-year-old man has been killed while participating in the Hoka Hey Challenge, an 8,300-mile Harley-Davidson motorcycle race from Key West, Fla., to Homer.

Alaska State Troopers say Kenneth J. Greene of Ocala, Fla., died Sunday at the scene of the accident, Mile 107 of the Glenn Highway near Caribou Creek, between Palmer and Glennallen.

He was travelling south on his 1998 Harley when he drove onto the shoulder, lost control and crashed, troopers said. He fell from the motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet.

Nearly 800 people began the race in Florida on June 20, the Associated Press reported.

It's been marked by several crashes and at least one other death. A man died in Wyoming when he apparently fell asleep while riding, the AP said.

Another racer, Vik Livingston, 53, of Seattle, collided with two bicyclists near Nenana on Wednesday about 50 miles from Fairbanks.

Livingston was hospitalized in Fairbanks with cracked ribs, a broken clavicle and a punctured lung.

One of the bicyclists had a cut on his leg, and the other suffered a chipped vertebra and a cracked pelvis.