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Hundreds turn out to support Waterloo hit-and-run victim

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A Waterloo woman is thankful to be alive after surviving a hit-and-run crash in October.  Joan Nicholson was heading east on Highway 57 near Cedar Falls when a car hit her head-on.  Now, family and friends are rallying to support her in recovery.

Joan Nicholson isn't used to scooting around in a wheelchair.  But she's thankful to be alive, after being the victim of a hit-and-run crash.  Nicholson credits the support of many loved ones for helping her recover.

"I can't even explain it.  I mean, that's why I'm physically here, is because of my friends and family," Nicholson said.

But seeing hundreds turn out for a benefit Sunday to help her with ongoing medical costs was quite overwhelming.  Friends say organizing the event was the least they could do, since it's typically Nicholson who's first in line to help when someone else needs it.

"She's there doing the food, whatever.  Joan's there right in the middle of the thick and thin.  As you can see, she's in a wheelchair.  But she came out to see everybody, even though she should probably be home in bed," said Annette Oberheu, who helped organize the benefit.

Nicholson wouldn't have it any other way.  She's glad for the chance to celebrate her progress and offer thanks to supporters.  All the while, Nicholson is anxious to move forward with her recovery.

"To get my prosthetic and get back on a motorcycle next spring--to get back to normal," said Nicholson.

And every dollar raised Sunday will go a long way in making sure Nicholson's back on her feet soon.

Investigators have not arrested the driver involved in the hit-and-run crash that injured Nicholson.  The case is now in the hands of the Black Hawk County Attorney, and formal charges are pending.

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