Hit-and-run driver suspected of killing federal judge, injuring 6 y/o, told cops she is ‘Harry Potter’

A 23-year-old woman suspected of killing a federal judge and severely injuring a six-year-old boy when her car jumped a curb on Friday told police she was “Harry Potter” after she regained consciousness.

According to local reports, the alleged hit-and-run accident occurred in Boca Raton, Fla., killing U.S. District Judge Sandra Feuerstein, 75, who worked in New York. The six-year-old was identified as Anthony Ovchinnikov.

A short while later, police found the suspect identified as Nastasia Andranie Snape of North Lauderdale after she crashed her vehicle in Delray Beach and fell unconscious, WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach reported.

After she came to, Snape told police she was “Harry Potter,” according to the station.

Meanwhile, WPEC-TV, also of West Palm Beach, reported that when police arrived, Snape was having a seizure or convulsing. Reports noted further that police found drugs in her vehicle, though they were not identified. 

The suspect continued to behave in an unstable manner after being taken to a hospital, local reports noted. 

Feuerstein died of her injuries after being transported to the Delray Medical Center, according to WPTV.

Witnesses reported seeing Snape’s vehicle traveling in an erratic manner on North Ocean Boulevard, which is situated along the oceanfront when the vehicle slammed into Feuerstein and the boy.

“Officers spoke with witnesses at the scene of the crash and determined the suspect was a Black woman with medium to short length hair. A witness also provided the full license plate number of the suspect vehicle as well as a description of a bumblebee sticker on the trunk,” WPTV reported.

The Long Island Press reported that Feuerstein was appointed to the federal bench in 2003 by then-President George W. Bush.

“Our Office extends condolences and prayers to the Eastern District of New York Court community and the family of U.S. District Court Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein,” acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Mark J. Lesko said in a statement. “As we mourn her tragic death, we also remember Judge Feuerstein’s unwavering commitment to justice and service to the people of our district and our nation.”

WPTV reported that Snape has been charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, and hit-and-run involving death.

Feuerstein’s mother was Judge Annette Elstein, who died in April 2020 at 99. They are thought to be the first mother-daughter judges in the country’s history. 

Feuerstein worked out of Central Islip, N.Y., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She had presided over several high-profile cases during her career, the New York Post reported.

She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1966 and worked as a public school teacher in New York City until 1971, according to reports. She went on to graduate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1979 and because a Nassau County District Court judge in 1987. She was appointed as a state Supreme Court justice in 1994 where she remained until she was nominated to the federal court by Bush.

Feuerstein also taught at Hofstra University School of Law and served as a past president of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association as well as past vice president of the New York State Women’s Bar Association.

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