A driver who allegedly mowed down two young women in Brooklyn-- including a promising Bloomberg aide -- has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and causing serious injury, law enforcement officials said today.
Frances Jasmin, 28, of the Bronx is accused of hitting the two young women as they crossed Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Place early in the morning on Feb. 21.
Bloomberg aide Erinn Phelan, 22, was hospitalized in critical condition at Kings County Hospital. Phelan's friend, Alma Guerrero, 23, is recovering from a broken collarbone, hospital officials said.
Police found the car abandoned near Pacific Street between 4th Avenue and Flatbush just hours after the incident. Jasmin's sister, Cindy, 31, was the registered owner of the car and eventually led investigators to Frances, who she maintained had been driving that morning.
Shortly the arrest, Mayor Bloomberg said: "Erinn is a fighter and all of us here at City Hall – and from around the City – are pulling and praying for her. I want to thank the Detectives who have been working tirelessly on this case, and I want to thank the New Yorkers who continue to keep Erinn in their thoughts and prayers.”
Family, friends, and colleagues unanimously agree that Phelan, who reportedly heroically pushed her friend out of the way during the crash, was poised for a bright future.
Phelan, who originally hails from Swampscott, Mass., recently moved to the Brooklyn and had taken a job with the city's Civic Corps.
"She is so intelligent, she could be doing anything," Phelan's boss, New York City Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford told the Daily News. "But that [Phelan] took this commitment she had to service throughout her high school career, her college career and into her professional career is a great example of who she is."
The Brown University graduate was voted in high school as "Most Likely to Run For President."