Marathon Bombing Survivor Adrianne Haslet Injured after Being Struck by Car in Back Bay

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Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet, center, starts the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Hopkinton, Mass. Photo via AP/Michael Dwyer

Update: Is there anyone in Boston tougher than Adrianne Haslet? In a follow-up on social media Wednesday night, she says she has not ruled out running the marathon this year in spite of her serious injuries. “My goals aren’t changing. It’s only my path to get to those goals that has taken a detour. Armed with a determination I never thought could get stronger, and your words, love, and support to do so will only make crossing that finish line even sweeter,” she wrote on Instagram. “Day 38 of Boston marathon training is a rest day. I don’t know if I’m cleared to run this year, but until then , my head is staying in the game.”

 

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“Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew. I told them I’d rather nibble on greatness than choke on mediocrity.” – Unknown I’ve been through worse. I can get through this throbbing pain, this deep anger, this hurdle. A year ago today I joined the @heartbreakersrun and have become a faster runner and have had more fun than I ever dreamed. I learned how to run in my new leg. I smashed so many goals as a result. My goals aren’t changing. It’s only my path to get to those goals that has taken a detour. Armed with a determination I never thought could get stronger, and your words, love, and support to do so will only make crossing that finish line even sweeter. Day 38 of Boston marathon training is a rest day. I don’t know if I’m cleared to run this year, but until then , my head is staying in the game. #bostonstrong #adriannestrong #bladerunner

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Earlier: Adrianne Haslet, who survived the Boston Marathon bombings, was seriously injured when she was struck by a car in Back Bay, she wrote on Instagram Monday.

Haslet says she is recovering at a hospital after the collision, which she says happened while she was walking across the street on Commonwealth Avenue. “Struck by a car on Commonwealth Avenue, while on a crosswalk,” she wrote in the post, along with a photo of herself in a hospital bed wearing a neck brace. “Thrown into the air and landed, crushing the left side of my body. Yesterday. I’m completely broken. More surgery to come.”

Police say the collision occurred around 7:15 p.m. Saturday and that the driver received a citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. In a tragic coincidence, the site of the crash would have been mere blocks from the marathon finish line, where Haslet was badly injured in the explosion in 2013 and lost part of her left leg.

In the years that followed, Haslet’s story has been a remarkable one. A professional dancer, she went on to take the stage during a TED conference in Vancouver and dance once more, on a bionic leg built at MIT, then appeared on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars.” Later, in 2016, she ran the Boston Marathon on a carbon-fiber blade, in the process raising funds for a nonprofit called Limbs for Life, which helps buy prosthetics for those who can’t afford to buy them on their own (after the feat, Tom Brady called her an “inspiration”). She has posted on social media about training to run the marathon again this year.

On Sunday night after the crash, she added an update to her Instagram story: “What doesn’t kill me, better fucking run.”

 

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Struck by a car on Commonwealth Avenue, while on a crosswalk. Thrown into the air and landed, crushing the left side of my body. Yesterday. I’m completely broken. More surgery to come.

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