A New York federal judge was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on North Ocean Boulevard in Boca Raton on Friday, according to police. The driver then drove away and hit a 6-year-old boy.
The condition of the child is currently unknown.
According to a police report, the driver of the vehicle has been identified as Nastasia Snape, 23, of North Lauderdale.
At least three witnesses told cops that Snape was driving erratically as she made her way northbound on Ocean Boulevard. At NW 40th St., Snape swerved onto the sidewalk, striking Sandra Feuerstein, 75, the report says.
Snape sped on, striking the boy as he made his way across the crosswalk, the police report say.
She didn’t stop until she reached Delray Beach, where officers found her unconscious inside her vehicle which had crashed at an intersection, arrest documents state.
As a Delray Beach police officer approached the crashed car, “he could see Snape begin to convulse and have seizure-like movements,” the report says.
Snape came alive shortly thereafter but was unable to make eye contact or hold a conversation. Once inside an ambulance, she “began to scream and fight with medics stating that she was ‘Harry Potter,’” the report reads.
The paramedics had to give Snape 400 milligrams of Ketamine to calm her down. At the hospital, officers found a designer drug known as “T” in her purse, the report says.
Snape, who shares a last name with Severus Snape, a main character in the Harry Potter novels, has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, vehicular homicide, and leaving the scene of a crash involving injury.
If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
In New York, court officials are mourning for their dead colleague.
“Judge Feuerstein was a treasured member of our Eastern District bench,” Eastern District of New York District Court Executive Eugene Corcoran said in a statement to the New York Daily News. “Her eccentric style and warm personality lit up the courtroom. She will be missed by her colleagues and litigants alike.”
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