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Susan Hahn’s near-death experience led to a nonprofit partnership that’s helping Baltimore-area youth – SmartCEO

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On October 14, 2013, Susan Hahn was hit by a car traveling more than 50 miles an hour. She had to be flown to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center to be resuscitated, and underwent multiple surgeries to bones, muscles and tendons. She had also suffered a traumatic brain injury.

As Hahn began the long, slow road to recovery, she started to ask herself some questions: “Why am I here? Why didn’t I stay dead? What am I supposed to be doing?”

Hahn eventually found the answer to those questions by launching a nonprofit, the HobbleJog Foundation, and embarking on a comprehensive, yearlong collaboration with Good Shepherd Services, a Halethorpe-based residential treatment center for adolescents suffering from severe emotional and behavioral problems. That collaboration, while still in its early stages, is already beginning to change lives.

One year after bike accident, recovering woman looks for closure – The Capital Gazette | Nov. 2014

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Drivers stopped in traffic opened their doors and swarmed the body bent on the ground.

She didn’t have a name. She was 443.

Shana Rogers, an ex-police officer who lives in Glen Burnie, was one of the half-dozen people who rushed to the body. Rogers put 443’s hand in her hand. She could see bone sticking out of her leg. Her helmet was split open.

“Dear Lord Jesus, please just help this woman,” Rogers prayed.

Four forty-three didn’t make it that day to Bike Doctor, the shop a short distance from the accident scene where she was planning to get her odometer fixed.

It wasn’t until workers from the shop saw the number “443” on her helmet that authorities figured out who she was. She had completed the Iron Girl Columbia 2013 two months earlier, and that was her number.

“It was sort of a reminder of her accomplishment,” said Joy Goldman, who trained with her for that sprint race. “That’s how they identified her.”

Susan.

Cyclist: Knowing Road Rules is a ‘Two-Way Street’ – The Patch | Oct. 2013

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Preventing wrecks between bikes and vehicles is a “two-way street,” said one cyclist, and education on road laws is needed on both sides to keep roads safe for travel.

On Monday afternoon, Susan Hahn was critically injured while attempting to turn left across northbound Ritchie Highway on her bike in Arnold.  She was struck by a car in the far right lane and hospitalized. She was released Tuesday, according to Anne Arundel County police.

Hahn was turning into a shopping center where Bike Doctor is located. Brad Allen, manager of the store, said he ran to the scene of the accident moments after it occurred—attempting to help authorities however he could.