Granger woman critically injured in Little 500 practice

A South Bend woman is in critical condition after crashing her bike during a Little 500 practice Thursday.

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A Granger woman is in critical condition after crashing her bike during a Little 500 practice Thursday.

Lauren Gill is a member of the Indiana University nursing team competing in the race at I.U.

She is a Michiana native and a 2009 graduate of St. Joseph High School in South Bend.

According to our sister station WTHR, Gill was taking part in a practice race Thursday featuring all 33 teams qualifying in the women's round.

Another cyclist got in front of her, and Gill was unable to stop. She was thrown from her bike and landed on her head and shoulders.

"Everyone's packed together so tightly there's just not a lot of room for movement. And if an accident happens, there's no way around it," IU student Rachael Dickerson told WTHR.

Fellow cyclists say she was excited for the practice race.

"Right before we went out for the practice start, she was talking about how excited she was. She was ready for the practice start and she'd watched the film and she was just very excited and motivated. It was just unexpected," Dickerson said.

The Little 500 is a bicycle race held every year on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington to help raise scholarship money for students.

Gill was taken by ambulance to I.U. Health Hospital in Bloomington, before a medical helicopter took her to an Indianapolis Hospital.

Gill's family tells NewsCenter16 that they are with her in Indianapolis tonight.

She has not regained consciousness since the accident.

The family wants to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers -- especially those back in the South Bend area.

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