LEE COUNTY — The suspected driver in an August hit and run that left a high school student in critical condition was arrested Thursday by authorities.
Chelsie Dahlbeck, 22, faces felony charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury. She was booked into the Lee County Jail on Thursday but later released on a $10,000 bond. The 16-year-old victim doesn’t remember the crash and is unable to walk.
Dahlbeck contacted investigators and turned herself in about 12 hours after Keisha Bien-Aime was hit by a red truck while waiting for her bus on the first day of school, Aug. 8. Authorities said after leaving the scene of the accident near Sanibel Boulevard and Geranium Road, Dahlbeck drove back to her family’s home on Morgan Road.
She wasn’t initially sure what she hit, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Dwayne Cooper said.
FHP spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno said Friday it took two months to make an arrest because authorities had to first go through an investigative process.
“We didn’t have all the answers that day on the scene and there were certain things that took time for us to answer in the course of investigation and to build a case when there was sufficient amounts of evidence for us to go through,” he said.
From there, authorities had to file an arrest warrant with the state attorney’s office.
Keisha, a student at South Fort Myers High School, was flown to Tampa General Hospital after the accident. She is still recovering and doesn’t remember what happened. She suffered internal bleeding in her head, a broken hip and a back injury.
Older sister Martine Calixte said Keisha is in a wheelchair, awaiting therapy that will help her start walking again, and is being home-schooled while she recovers. She’s doing better, but she misses “being a regular teenager,” Calixte said.
Dahlbeck is slated to appear in court Monday morning for her arraignment.