The orange paint on East Fairview Street in Troy tells the story of pain and trauma. Investigators marked the spot where 5-year old Kentazia Carter landed after getting slammed by an SUV. It's a horrifying thought for Geoffrey Spann, Carter's kindergarten principal at Troy Elementary.
"It's devastating. Anytime you have to be airlifted to a hospital the injuries are rather severe," said Spann.
And the injuries were severe. Carter suffered a broken leg, a broken pelvis, damage to an ear, broken bones in her back and a ruptured kidney.
But WSFA 12 News has learned Carter is on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. Her vital signs are stable, a good prognosis, conscious but somewhat uncomfortable. What makes Spann and Carter's classmates uncomfortable is the fact the driver didn't even stop. Witnesses tell police the person behind the wheel 'slowed a bit' but that's about it.
"When it's a hit and run accident, there's concern of who did it and why. Those kinds of questions weigh on you and I'm hoping this will get to them," Spann said.
For now while Kentazia recovers, her little friends at Troy Elementary are thinking of her. Get-well cards are on the way.
Troy police tell WSFA at the very least they will charge the driver with 'leaving the scene of an accident.' Investigators estimate the SUV was traveling 40 miles an hour when Carter was struck.
Here's a description of that vehicle based on eyewitness accounts. It's a sky blue Ford Expedition with dark tinted windows and it may have had a 'Help My Schools' tag on it. Call the Troy Police Department if you have information that might be useful at 334-566-0500.