via The Capital Gazette
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.”