Woman Charged in Hit-and-Run that Injured SLU Student


Photo Courtesy of Trenton Almgren-Davis.

Last week, a SLU student was badly injured in a hit-and-run on the intersection of Grand and Laclede. On Tuesday, the driver was identified as 21-year-old Aldina Sakanovic, per the St. Louis Police Department. 


Stephanie Grant, a 20-year-old junior studying Biomedical engineering at SLU, was walking across the street near Grand Hall when a car driving erratically ran through a red light, hitting Grant. The driver fled the scene immediately afterwards.


According to the GoFundMe created by her aunt, Elaine Grant Farwell, she has “a broken eye socket, broken nose, broken leg and a spine fracture. She will be facing multiple surgeries.”


Sakanovic’s charges are second degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest and two counts of armed criminal action, KMOV4 reports.


Police say that the silver Nissan Pathfinder was stolen that day and was spotted earlier near Grand and Cherokee. Officers had started to follow the car but stopped once they saw how erratically she was driving, STLPD said. 


STLPD says that officers were not in pursuit of the car when the accident occurred.


In an interview with News 4, Grant’s father states that “we are very appreciative to everyone for their prayers. They are working. Stephanie has 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.”


Farwell states that her niece has a “bright future ahead of her” and encourages people to donate to help with the emergency medical funds her family is paying. Consider helping a member of the Billiken family by donating to the GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/emergency-fund-for-stephanie-grant.