Hit-and-Run Accident Survivor Graduates from Temple University
College senior was hit while riding her bike on campus last year
Just a week before she would have graduated from Temple University, senior Rachel Hall’s life was changed in an instant when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
Hall was riding her bike on the Temple campus in Philadelphia on April 29, 2015, when she was hit by a car operated by a teenage driver. She was rushed to Temple University Hospital in extremely critical condition and given a 20 percent chance to live.
With graduation only a week away, Hall’s future was put forcefully on hold. Instead of attending the Washington DC Police Academy, where she planned to pursue a career fighting for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, she spent much of the next year fighting for her life after suffering severe head and leg injuries.
Last year, when she would have graduated, her mother accepted her degree on her behalf. This year, Rachel was finally able to walk at graduation.
Police say the responsible motorist “panicked” and fled the scene
Rashan Roberts, the 18-year-old motorist who struck Rachel Hall, said he panicked and fled the scene because he only had a driver’s permit, not a driver’s license. His father, the owner of the vehicle, called the police, who recovered the car the night of the accident. Roberts later pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in prison and five years’ probation.
Too often, drivers involved in hit-and-run accidents leave the scene because they are engaged in illegal activity at the time. In this case, the driver involved should not have been behind the wheel in the first place. Under Pennsylvania law, the holder of a learner’s permit is only allowed to drive while accompanied by a 21-year-old licensed driver.
As a result of the accident, Rachel was left to work through a lengthy recovery process that put her career on hold. Her family is still accepting donations to pay for her medical bills.
Rachel Hall’s case demonstrates just how devastating a car accident can be, especially when the victim is young. In addition to emergency medical care, there are many long-term costs associated with the recovery process – to say nothing of the trauma suffered by a family whose lives were changed in an instant.
At Flager & Associates, we’ve worked with hundreds of people who have been hurt by hit-and-run drivers. We understand how important it is to seek qualified legal representation in the wake of an accident to begin the process of moving forward.