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Temple student injured in hit-and-run one year ago to walk at graduation

A year after she was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash, Temple senior Rachel Hall is going to get to receive her diploma.
Rachel Hall in physical therapyRachel Hall Temple Strong

The Temple student critically injured after being struck while biking in a hit-and-run crash will get to receive her diploma at this year's graduation ceremony.

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"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," wrote Kathy Hall, Rachel Hall's mother, on "Rachel Hall Temple Strong," a Facebook support group created after the Mullica, NJ native was critically injured in the April 2015 bike crash.

April 29 is the one-year anniversary of the crash at Park Avenue and Diamond Street around 7:30 p.m. that left the Division I lacrosse player at Temple with serious leg and head injuries.

Kathy Hall announced that Hall, 23, who was a senior preparing for graduation at the time of the crash, will get to receive her diploma at a graduation ceremony on May 5.

In the meantime, Hall, whose medical treatment has cost $1.4 million so far, continues physical therapy five days a week, according to her mother.

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"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," Kathy Hall wrote. " The generosity of everyone has really helped to mend my heart when it has been broken at such a tragic time."

Driver Rashan "Robert" Roberts, who was 18 at the time of the crash and only had a learner's permit, turned himself in a week after striking Hall. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison and five years probation.

Any messages for Hall can be sent to her atPO Box 307, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062.

 

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