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Md. Woman Back on Bike Year After Near-fatal Crash

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - Drivers stopped in traffic opened their doors and swarmed the body bent on the ground.

She didn't have a name. She was No. 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 No. 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.

No. 443 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."


It has been a year since Susan Hahn of Arnold suffered a traumatic brain injury, a broken leg, a broken arm and torn ligaments in that bicycle accident. After surgery and therapy, she's doing well and is hardly recognizable as No. 443.

No charges were brought against her or the man driving the Hyundai that crashed into her on Oct. 14, 2013. Anne Arundel County police said he wasn't at fault and that Hahn failed to yield to the oncoming traffic when she decided to cross into that car's lane.

But Hahn has unresolved business. She's searching for a woman who saw the crash, who called while she was in the hospital to find out if she was going to live. The witness believed she may have contributed to the accident.

Hahn is trying to find her to put those fears to rest.

On a brisk day last week, Hahn, 59, a business consultant, lifted a door to a storage closet next to her garage. Inside are two bicycles.

One is a black and pink Trek Silque road bike that she got a few months ago. The other belongs to her husband, Tony Kominoth.

He never rode a bike before her accident. Now he does.

"It was more to keep an eye on me to make sure I didn't get run over again," Hahn said.

Hahn is back on the bike. She even uses clip-on pedals.

Dr. Ray Pensy of the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore repaired ligaments in Hahn's elbow. Pensy said there's always a risk of recurring injury.

If Hahn were to fall again on her right side, Pensy said, any more damage would be difficult to overcome, particularly as she hasn't regained the full motion of that arm.

But Pensy said he would never discourage her. 

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