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OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) -

It's something Asia Thomas is still trying to figure out. Thomas'5-year old daughter Arianna was struck by a car and then the driver leftthe scene.

"She had to have seen that caution sign on the back of theice cream truck," Thomas said.

Opelika police say it happened on Fruitwood Circle Tuesday night, whichis located about a mile from downtown Opelika. Arianna had just purchasedher ice cream from the ice cream truck and Chandra Marie Carlisle allegedlydrove around and struck the little girl.

"She suffered a head injury and was air-flighted to thehospital in Columbus, Georgia," said Capt. Bruce DeLong of the OpelikaPolice Department.

According to the family, Carlisle did in fact stop and check onthe child after she hit her. However she then got back in her car and sped away,shocking neighbors like Ericka Jones.

"The parents had her by their vehicle and I couldn't tellwhether it was an adult or child, so I walked on up and the other neighborsinformed me what had happened. When I saw the little girl, she was moving herlegs and I knew that was a good sign," Jones said.

Chandra Carlisle ended up turning herself in to Opelika police notlong after the hit-and-run. Investigators charged her with first degree assaultand leaving the scene of an accident. The charges are felonies.

WSFA 12 News was unable to get Carlisle's side of the story due tothe fact that Carlisle is currently being held in the Lee County jail. WSFA 12News did learn Carlisle had her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.Carlisle's bonds were expected to exceed $50,000.

The good news is Arianna is expected to make a full recovery. Thefamily says she will be home on Thursday much to the relief of Asia Thomas.

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