BOCA RATON, Fla. – Officials claimed that a Florida woman swerved her car onto a sidewalk, killing a federal judge visiting from New York and seriously injuring a 6-year-old child.
District Judge Sandra Feuerstein, 75, who had served in the Eastern District of New York since 2003, was killed in a car crash on Friday by Nastasia Snape, 23, Who is charged with vehicular homicide and other felonies. Anthony Ovchinnikov, the baby, Who was injured was taken to the hospital.
Witnesses told Boca Raton police that Snape was driving erratically on a busy lane, going around stopped traffic when she accelerated onto the sidewalk and hit Feuerstein. Snape then drove back onto the lane, colliding with a young boy who was crossing the street.
Snape allegedly started shouting and arguing with medics in the ambulance, She had been drugged by the medics. Police claim they discovered a synthetic substance known as “bath salts” in her bag, which can trigger psychotic episodes.
On Sunday, she was already being held in prison on a $60,000 bail. The public defender’s office in Palm Beach County was closed on Sunday and has a policy of not discussing its cases.