July 27, 2015
The loved ones of Temple University alumna and hit-and-run victim Rachel Hall have created an online donation site to help with the continued long-term medical costs associated with her recovery.
Hall, who turned 23 on July 6, remains unconscious in an in-patient rehabilitation facility, where she is currently relearning basic functions of living, her family said on a Facebook page devoted to updates on her recovery.
"The impact of this accident on Rachel's brain will only be known over time and as she progresses, somewhere in the distant future," the donation site states. "For an injury like this, the rehabilitation is long, the stress on the patient and family members is unimaginable, and there will be a financial burden which will grow as time goes on."
According to police reports, Hall, of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, was riding her bike near the Temple University campus on April 29 when she was hit by a car. Police charged 18-year-old Roberts, of Philadelphia, in the incident.
Hall sustained serious leg and head injuries and spent several months in critical care at Temple University Hospital. She was recently transferred to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
In addition to the physical losses Hall and her loved ones have endured since the incident, she also missed her May graduation from Temple University, where she graduated cum laude and was a goalkeeper on the lacrosse team.
The donation site has a goal of $25,000 and, as of Monday, has reached about $4,000.