Nicole Bowler, a member of the Rogue Athletic Club, was seriously injured on Friday night in a hit-and-run accident that has left her hospitalized. According to her coach Steve Sisson, Bowler was riding her motor scooter home when she was hit by an unidentified driver who fled the scene.
Sisson, who spent two days with Bowler at Brackenridge Hospital, said that she broke her femur, dislocated her hip and the patella tendon on one knee was detached. Bowler was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and if she hadn’t, according to Sisson, she probably wouldn’t have survived.
Bowler, 24, is originally from Loomis, California. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s in history and a master’s in teaching and social studies. At USF, Bowler was primarily a miler/800-meter runner. Last year, she ran 1:19 at the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.
Sisson said Bowler’s recovery process will be lengthy and, at this time, there’s no way of knowing whether she’ll be able to continue her running career. She remains hospitalized at Brackenridge.