Troopers seek driver of silver car blamed in accident

Authorities are looking for a silver car they believe played a role in a crash last week that injured a Rock Hill principal.

A week after the crash, Castle Heights Middle School Principal Kelly Kane remained hospitalized Thursday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Her condition was not available. However, district spokeswoman Elaine Baker said Kane was still hospitalized after an operation on her shoulder earlier this week.

On Jan. 24, Kane left a ballgame at the middle school and traveled north along Springdale Road around 7:45 p.m. A small silver car traveled east on Catawba Church Road and stopped at a stop sign, said Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

"The silver car pulled away from the stop sign to make a left turn in the same direction as Ms. Kane," Johnson said. "She swerved to avoid the collision and went off the right side of the road. She went into a yard, struck a plastic fence and then a tree."

The silver car, the make and model of which are unknown, did not hit Kane's vehicle, Johnson said.

The posted speed limit for the area is 35 mph, Johnson said. Kane was not speeding and did not contribute to the wreck, he said.

"Ms. Kane did not do anything wrong," Johnson said. "She was trying to be defensive and avoid the collision and ended up in one anyway."

If caught, the driver of the silver car will be charged with failing to yield the right of way and leaving the scene of a collision with bodily injuries, Johnson said.

Kane has served as principal at Castle Heights since 1996 and formerly was a teacher with the Rock Hill school district. Baker was impressed with Kane's progress since the accident.

"We are encouraged that Kelly will return to Castle Heights as soon as her recovery is complete," Baker said. "However, her family would still appreciate all good thoughts and prayers."

Norris Williams, newly appointed principal at Dutchman Creek Middle School, set to open in August, was appointed to serve as acting principal at Castle Heights in Kane's absence.

Anyone with information about the wreck should call the S.C. Highway Patrol at 803-385-3107 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.