Hit & run driver found, victim's friends plead for help
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Friends of Keisha Bien-Aime says her family needs your help tonight. This, as authorities say they now know who struck the teen and kept driving. Keisha's in critical condition tonight and the driver suspected of hitting her faces felony charges. Four in your Corner's Mike Mason is here now with the latest.
Keisha was thrown nearly 30 feet after the impact but the driver claims she didn't realize what had happened. As the investigation heats up, Keisha's friends are just focusing on her recovery.
Nick Campbell: "She's an amazing young woman."
Keisha Bien-Aime's friends sharing photos, remembering how animated and full of life she has always been.
Talia Alderman: "She's awesome, She has like the best personality. She'll put others before herself, stuff like that."
Today, Keisha's friends visited her at Tampa General Hospital's ICU. Her injuries so severe she can barely move.
Nick Campbell: "She was in a lot of pain because the nurse was moving her and she was not real happy."
Talia Alderman: "She was saying that she can't take it no more, like the pain and stuff and she just wants it to stop.")
Officers say a red Toyota pick-up truck struck Keisha in San Carlos Park. It happened Thursday morning as Keisha waited for the school bus. The driver of that truck identified as 21 year old Chelsie Dahlbeck from Fort Myers . FHP troopers saying she called them yesterday around 4-o'clock, 10 hours after she apparently hit Keisha, then took off.
Sgt. Dwayne Cooper: "She wasn't sure what she hit but she went home and consulted with her family and did make contact with us and is not trying to hide anything, as far as we can tell."
Troopers impounded Dahlbeck’s truck and she now faces possible felony charges for leaving the scene of an accident.
Sgt. Dwayne Cooper: "You know, she should have stopped as far as we're concerned that's why we're investigating a possible criminal charge."
Keisha's friends now trying to help out in any way they can.
Nick Campbell: "The mom was up there with her and that's who we're concerned about because mom's got a lot of expenses."
Keisha's mother has nine children and is now staying in Tampa as her daughter recovers, which could take up to 4 months. Friends remain optimistic saying Keisha's struggling right now but she hasn't lost her spark.
Talia Alderman: "She was trying to take the IV's and stuff out and she was trying to take the neck brace off."
Keisha's set to have surgery next Tuesday to repair her hip. A fund has been established to help her family with costs associated with her accident. If you'd like to donate just go to our website, it’s ‘Fox4now.com’ and click on the Big Red 4.