Shayna Weitzman has spent the past year rehabilitating after being hit by an SUV while cycling last June.
"I felt crushed. I don't remember anything for five or ten minutes," said Weitzman.
Weitzman was riding with six other cyclists down 51st Avenue on the Gila River Indian Reservation when a white Jeep Cherokee slammed into her and sped off.
Police tracked down the car that hit her. It was burned to a crisp and left in the desert. According to a police report, the driver denied hitting Weitzman.
Although Weitzman prayed for justice, she had bigger things to worry about like re-learning how to walk. The accident left her with two collapsed lungs, broken ribs, an open fracture on one leg and a number of other severe injuries that left her confined to a wheelchair.
"I started therapy and the process of learning how to walk was slow. I still have problems walking from one room to the other in the morning," said Weitzman.
Despite her injuries, she is determined to compete in Tempe's 2013 IRONMAN competition in November.
"I've been training on swimming, biking and running. Sometimes I have to walk depending on how I feel," said Weitzman.
Her goal is to finish, and to race to bring awareness to cyclist safety. Something she holds dear to her heart.
"Drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and know that we have rights on the road as cyclists. I just don't want to see the same thing happen to anyone else," said Weitzman.
Weitzman is a part of the
Not One More foundation. An organization created to help bring awareness to cyclist safety and support.