Temple student set to graduate after recovering from hit-and-run

NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Rachel Hall's parents say it's a miracle to be able to see their daughter receive her graduating honors after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left in a coma.

Hall, 23, posed for pictures Wednesday night with her fellow Temple Owl grads at Sullivan Hall.

After the road she has traveled, she tells us she is as happy and joyous as can be.

"I'm glad to be back with my friends to graduate again so it's good to be here," said Hall.

Days before she was to graduate with honors, Hall was struck by a hit-and-run driver as she was riding her bike in April 2015.

The incident was captured on surveillance video.

Doctors had given her a 20 percent chance of survival, and her parents had prepared for the worst.

"It's been a tough year. It was just - she could have died," said Kathy Hall, mother. "And I'm just so grateful that she is here, and that she has recovered so well. I would have never expected her to be here a year later."

The family traveled a long, agonizing route through a maze of medical treatments and therapy.

"It's a blessing that we can't even comprehend," said Michael Hall. "We didn't expect to ever be here."

And yet there she was Wednesday night, along with other Temple lacrosse students, after getting her athlete sash for graduation ceremonies, a moment fit for a standing ovation.

"I've been very proud of her this past year. She has just really been dedicated, really determined to get through this," said Kathy Hall. "Nothing has stopped her."

Police have arrested and charged the hit-and-run driver identified as Robert Roberts.
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