Car Plows Into CrossFit Breakthrough Critically Injuring Owen Canavan, He Returns Two Years Later Determined to Get Stronger

June 2, 2021 by
Image credit: Owen Canavan

34-year-old Owen Canavan spent four years trying to get back into shape after joining CrossFit Breakthrough in 2012. But, on April 7, 2017, Canavan almost lost his life during an 11:30 AM class after a car plowed through the walls of the gym. 

What happened: Located in a strip mall in Nashville, TN, an elderly woman parked in a handicap spot thought her foot was on the brake pedal when she accelerated 50 feet into CrossFit Breakthrough, blowing through the ergs, rigs, and equipment in the gym before pinning Canavan against the back wall.

  • “I didn’t see her coming but I remember the moments right after...my leg was completely destroyed...I had never broken a bone, I’ve never even been to the hospital,” he said. 

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