ST. LOUIS ( – A driver who fled from the scene after hitting a St. Louis University student near the campus Thursday evening has been charged, police say.

The crash happened at the intersection of Grand and Laclede just before 8 p.m. Thursday.

Police said the silver Nissan Pathfinder was stolen earlier in the day and was spotted by a license place reader near Grand and Cherokee. Officers then started to follow the car but because the driver was driving erratically, police say officers stopped.

Aldina Sakanovic mugshot

21-year-old Aldina Sakanovic is accused of hitting the student and driving away.

The driver has been identified as 21-year-old Aldina Sakanovic. She has been charged with second degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest and two counts of armed criminal action.

Officers were not pursuing the car when the accident happened, police say.

Stephanie Grant

20-year-old Stephanie Grant was seriously injured after being hit near campus.

The student, 20-year-old Stephanie Grant, was seriously injured but is expected to survive.

Grant is currently a junior at SLU studying Biomedical Engineering.

According to a GoFundMe page, the student suffered a broken eye socket, broken nose, broken leg and spine fracture.

Stephanie's dad provided News 4 with this update on her recovery:

“We are very appreciative to everyone for their prayers. They are working. Stephanie made a lot of progress yesterday. After several days of trying she was able to sit up at the side of her bed. Thanks to the community for all of the support.” 

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