Federal judge from New York killed in hit and run in Florida

A federal judge from New York was walking on the sidewalk in Florida when she was struck and killed by a driver who later told medics she was Harry Potter.

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LAUREN GLASSBERG: And we begin with that tragedy involving a federal judge from Long Island. Police say Judge Sandra Feuerstein was struck and killed Friday morning on a sidewalk in Florida by a driver, who police say was delusional and carrying drugs.

The judge had attended the Cardozo School of Law near Union Square. And that is where Eyewitness News reporter Naveen Dhaliwal is right now, Naveen.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: Yeah, Lauren. She fought for justice for others her entire career. And tonight, many want justice for Judge Sandra Feuerstein herself. The 75-year-old was killed, and a 6-year-old boy is seriously hurt in a hit-and-run crash in Florida Friday morning.

Now, Judge Feuerstein was a federal judge since 2003, appointed by former President George W. Bush, graduated from New York City's Cardozo Law School in 1979. She also served as New York State judge for 16 years. The way she died, so unfair.

The driver of that car, police say was 23-year-old Nastasia Snape. She was located shortly after she crashed her car, and was charged, arraigned in front of a judge. We have video of that. Investigators say she had containers of marijuana and T salts in her vehicle and appeared frantic when EMS crews arrived on scene. She also claimed to crews that she was the character Harry Potter, even fighting with paramedics.

Now, the death of Judge Feuerstein hitting the New York law community hard. Acting US Attorney Mark Lesko extending condolences and prayers to the Eastern District of New York court community and the family of Judge Feuerstein, further saying, "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."

Now, as far as that suspect, that driver Nastasia Snape, she's facing multiple charges, including vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. We're live in Union Square. Naveen Dhaliwal, Channel 7, Eyewitness News.