On Aug. 4, Zach Miller of CrossFit Pittsburgh was in a car accident, and he remains comatose. His friends share his story.
Miller and a group of his friends started Panther CrossFit, a student-run organization at the University of Pittsburgh. As the first president and a dedicated member, he made an impact on the students as he introduced them to CrossFit.
Dave Lorenzo, president of Panther CrossFit, retells one of his first experiences with Miller: “He was doing push jerk or something, and he hit a PR, and he immediately stripped and started streaking around the room,” he says.
Despite his outrageous behavior and style, Miller could also be “extremely serious,” says Jennifer Pietragallo, co-owner of CrossFit Pittsburgh, a sister affiliate.
“He’s one of the most dedicated driven athletes I’ve ever trained with,” says Mike Pietragallo, co-owner of CrossFit Pittsburgh.
The gyms have felt his absence and remain hopeful on his recovery.
“I’m counting on you to push through. We’re praying for you and can’t wait to see you back on your feet,” Jennifer says.
CrossFit Pittsburgh has set up the Z Fund to help pay for Zach’s recovery. To make a donation, visit CrossFit Pittsburgh.
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Additional reading: Valley Girl’s Vertigo by Andréa Maria Cecil, published Sept. 23, 2011.