UPDATE: An 18-year-old man confessed to police Thursday in connection with the hit-and-run that has left Temple lacrosse goaltender Rachel Hall in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.
The senior criminal justice major was struck on her bicycle at the intersection of Diamond Street and Park Avenue Wednesday night. Police are still investigating the incident, and have filed charges against the suspect, according to a Philly.com report Thursday.
Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said Hall was traveling on a bicycle around 7:10 p.m. when she was struck by a silver Mitsubishi Galant that was reported to have three black males inside. Leone added the car had possible windshield damage on the passenger side.
Leone said Hall was transported to Temple University Hospital after the incident, and remains at the hospital’s intensive care unit in critical condition.
Director of Athletics Kevin Clark said in a statement that he met with Hall’s father Thursday and expressed his support for the Mullica Hill, New Jersey native and her family.
“The entire Temple Athletics community, as well as the University as a whole, is in shock from last evening’s incident that has left our senior lacrosse player, Rachel Hall, in critical condition at Temple Hospital,” Clark said. “… Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this trying time and our hope is to see this young woman, who was honored yesterday morning for her work in the classroom, back on her feet and holding her Temple University diploma in the near future.”
Athletic Communications also released a statement from lacrosse coach Bonnie Rosen, which reads, “I met with our team today and everyone is still in shock upon hearing about what happened to Rachel last night. Words cannot adequately express the pain that Rachel and her family are going through, and that pain can be seen on the faces of her Temple Lacrosse family as well. The outpouring of love and support that has been expressed for Rachel is a reflection of the fact that she is such an amazing person, a strong woman, and a selfless teammate. As her Temple Lacrosse family, right now, all we are focused on is seeing Rachel and her family get through this critical period and we are there to support in any way possible.”
This is an ongoing story. Check back for updates at temple-news.com.
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