LEE COUNTY, Fl. - WINK News is learning it could be several months before before 16-year old Keisha Bienamie recovers from a hit and run crash.
Deputies say Bienamie was hit while walking to her bus stop at Sanibel Boulevard and Geranium Road in San Carlos Park on Thursday morning.
Friends went to Tampa Friday to visit her in the hospital.
"It was a shock, it was really a shock to see her like that because I'm just used to her being up and dancing and being very active. I don't know it was hard," says friend Kayla Alderman.
"She needs to make a full recovery because... I don't know what I would do without her," adds Talia Alderman.
Talia Alderman is Keisha's best friend. She says the past 24 hours are a nitemare, wondering if the friend she considers another sister will be okay.
"She's always been there for me and now I'm going to do the same thing for her in return," adds Talia.
This afternoon, Talia went to Tamp General with her sisters, minister and youth pastor. They were able to visit Keisha for about 20 minutes in the ICU. Tonight, they're hopeful.
"She was responsive which is a good thing. I was just really glad that she's even at the stage she is now... she would open her eyes if you talked to her and we were like Keisha do you know who this is and she had a little smile because she knew who were," says Alexis Alderman.
"I did see her move her extremities and her feet and that's what I was really concerned about," says youth pastor, Nick Campbell.
Friends say, according to doctors, Keisha could spend the next four months in the hospital. It's why they're setting up a fund in her name to bring in support on her road to recovery.
"She's always putting people first before her and I love her like she's a sister of mine. I hope she gets better," Alexis adds.
"She's just an awesome young lady. She needs your prayers," Campbell says.
That fund is set up through the Fifth Third Bank at all locations. It's called the 'Keisha Fund.' For more information you can also contact Keisha's church, the Anchor Christian Church at 239-947-4047 or go to their website, www.anchorchristian.com