Long Island federal judge killed in Florida hit-and-run by allegedly high driver


A federal judge from Long Island was killed and a boy was seriously hurt by a hit-and-run driver in Florida — who was allegedly high and told police she was Harry Potter, according to reports.

Judge Sandra Feuerstein, 75, died in Boca Raton after being struck; the driver’s car was located later, Newsday reported, citing local police.

The Boca Raton police department said the investigation was ongoing, according to Newsday.

The boy, just 6-years-old, was also seriously injured when the vehicle that struck Feuerstein jumped onto the curb, according to WPTV.

The hit-and-run driver, Nastasia Andranie Snape, 23, was found in nearby Delray Beach where she had crashed her car, according to the local station.

When police approached the car, Snape allegedly began to convulse, later fought with medics and told them she was Harry Potter. Police allegedly found drugs in her purse.

Snape was to be charged with vehicular homicide, hit-and-run involving death and leaving the scene of an accident with injury, the TV station reported.

The US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District tweeted condolences to Feuerstein’s family Saturday.

“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,” Acting U.S. Attorney Mark Lesko said.

Feuerstein was recently presiding over the case of former NYPD Officer Valerie Cincinelli, who was accused of paying her boyfriend to kill her estranged husband. Cincinelli, who resigned from the force last month, is scheduled to take a plea deal Friday.

Feuerstein, who worked in the Central Islip courthouse, graduated from the University of Vermont in 1966 and worked as a New York City school teacher until 1971, according to a profile on the court web site.

She received her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1979. She became a Nassau County District Court judge in 1987 and was elected a state Supreme Court justice in 1994.

She was named an associate justice of the Appellate Division Second Department in 1999 and served in that role until former President George W. Bush nominated her to the federal bench in 2003.

Feuerstein’s mother, Annette Elstein, who died in April 2020 at the age of 99, was also a judge and swore in her daughter as an Appellate Division justice. The pair were said to the first mother-daughter judges in the country.

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

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