Rachel Hall, a senior goalkeeper who had just finished up her career for Temple’s lacrosse team, was the victim of a hit-and-run last Wednesday night at the intersection of Diamond Street and Park Avenue.
Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the criminal justice major was riding her bike southbound on Park Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle at around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday. He added that she was taken to Temple University Hospital, where she remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition as of Monday night.
Leone added that the vehicle, a silver Mitsubishi Galant, appeared to have three men inside and have possible windshield damage on the passenger side. The vehicle has been located by police, and charges have been submitted against an 18-year-old male driver who said he panicked and drove away after he crashed into Hall, the Inquirer reported.
Kathy Hall, Rachel’s mom, posted on a Facebook page titled “Rachel Hall Temple Strong” on Sunday night. According to the post, Rachel Hall remains in the hospital with a fractured skull with bleeding to the brain and a dissected/torn right carotid artery, and is currently connected to a ventilator in order to help her breathing. Kathy Hall added that Rachel Hall has been unconscious since the accident, and has a “strong feeling” that her daughter will be hospitalized for several months.
The post has been shared more than 70 times, and dozens of people have commented in support of the 22-year-old.
Athletic Communications released a statement Thursday 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.”
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Steve Bohnel contributed reporting.