Allison Schmitt was riding her bike along West Valley Brook Road nearly two weeks ago when, suddenly, everything went dark and her life changed in an instant.
Schmitt fell from her bike and hit her head, according to police, and needed to be taken by helicopter to Morristown Medical Center. There she remained for days in critical condition, needing surgery on her head.
Schmitt was strong enough to leave the hospital this past Saturday, and is now undergoing physical therapy at Kessler in Chester, according to her husband, Rob.
“She is recovering fabulously from the head surgery,” Rob Schmitt told Patch in an email. “She has a broken clavicle, a bruised right arm and every square inch of her body is sore, but her head is clear and she is on the mend!”
While Allison Schmitt recovered at Morristown Medical Center, the community—as it has so many times before—banded together to support its neighbor.
“The outreach and support from everyone has been heartwarming and really helped Ali get through this,” Rob Schmitt said. “Ali and I do not have adequate words to describe how helpful the outpouring of love and support from the entire Long Valley community was in helping us get through this very difficult time.”
Schmitt also said residents Kira Trimarchi and Jeff Brown played a major role in comforting the bicyclist at the scene of the crash before paramedics could arrive.