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Temple Student Critically Injured in Hit-and-Run Set to Walk in Her Graduation

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    Temple Student Injured in Hit-and-Run Will Walk in Graduation

    A Temple University student who was critically injured in a hit-and-run last year will achieve her goal in May. Rachel Hall’s mother says with hard work, therapy, and determination she will be able to walk across the stage for Temple’s graduation. (Published Monday, April 25, 2016)

    A Temple University student is set to walk in her graduation a year after she was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident.

    Rachel Hall’s mother posted on Facebook Sunday that she would meet her goal of walking in Temple University’s graduation on May 5.

    “Rachel has been working extremely hard in therapy and at home, and has been very determined to overcome her injuries,” her mother wrote. “I have seen strength and determination and a positive outlook in my daughter that I am very proud of. Rachel has made goals for herself throughout her recovery and has achieved them in a timely manner.”

    Hall, a 23-year-old Temple lacrosse player, was riding her bicycle near Temple’s campus back on April 29, 2015 when she was struck by a 2012 Mitsubishi Gallant. The driver, later identified as 19-year-old Rashan Roberts, fled the scene. He was later arrested and sentenced to 11 ½ to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to the hit-and-run. Police say he only had his learner’s permit at the time of the crash.

    Hall was listed in critical condition following the accident. She has since made major progress in her recovery however.

    “If you were to see Rachel in critical condition a year ago, you would never expect her to be in the condition she is now, she is truly a miracle,” Hall’s mother wrote. “Rachel still continues with therapy 5 days a week.”

    Hall’s mother said her daughter isn’t finished working towards achieving her goals.

    “One of her future goals is to be accepted back into the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Academy, and a career in helping victims of human trafficking,” her mother wrote.

    Since her injury, family and friends donated thousands of dollars towards Hall’s continued recovery and rehab. Hall’s mother thanked those who donated and supported her and her family as well as the doctors who have helped her daughter along the way. She also encouraged loved ones to congratulate her daughter on her tremendous accomplishment.