Indictment in Hit-and-Run of Mayoral Aide

Driver who struck two pedestrians, including a mayoral aide, is indicted with felony charge.

By Grace West
|  Saturday, Mar 27, 2010  |  Updated 7:46 PM EDT
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Indictment in Hit-and-Run of Mayoral Aide

A promising Bloomberg aide, Erinn Phelan, is suffering from serious brain injuries after she and a friend were struck by car, allegedly driven by Frances Jasmin.

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The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office announced the indictment of Frances Jasmin, 28, yesterday, charging her with leaving the scene of an accident and speeding.

Early on the morning of Feb. 21, Jasmin allegedly fled the scene after she struck two female pedestrians who were crossing Flatbush Avenue near Prospect Place.

A witness followed her Acura Legend, and police found it parked near Pacific Street and Fourth Avenue. The vehicle had extensive damages including a hole in the windshield.

Jasmin was arrested on March 10. Police had initially suspected Cindy Jasmin, the owner of the car and defendant’s sister, as the driver. Cindy, 31, told investigators that Frances had been driving the car that morning.

The victims, Bloomberg aide Erinn Phelan, 22, and Alma Guerrero, 23, were taken to Kings County Hospital following the accident.

Guerrero was released and is recovering from a broken collar bone, and Phelan, who is credited with trying to push Guerrero out of the car's way, is still in the hospital suffering from serious brain injuries.

If convicted, Jasmin faces a maximum of four years in prison.

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