A Florida woman who claimed to be Harry Potter was arrested after a federal judge was killed and a six-year-old boy was injured in an accident.
23-year-old Nastasia Snape, who shares a surname with the prominent character Severus Snape in the Harry Potter novels, was arrested by Delray police on Friday morning.
In an affidavit released over the weekend, officials said that Friday morning a car allegedly driven by Ms. Snape turned around traffic onto a sidewalk in Delray Beach, near Fort Lauderdale.
The car hit Sandra Feuerstein, 75, a federal judge in New York’s Eastern District. Ms. Feuerstein was pronounced dead at a local hospital later that day.
After Ms. Snape pulled the car back onto the street, she allegedly hit a six-year-old boy who was crossing the street on a pedestrian crossing and seriously injured him in the process.
Authorities wrote on the affidavit that Ms. Snape then drove away from the scene before crashing her car in a nearby area.
Ms. Snape was found shortly thereafter unconscious behind the wheel of a wrecked car that corresponds to the eyewitness description of the person involved in the earlier incidents.
After emergency services managed to get her out of the car and into an ambulance, Ms. Snape reportedly tried to fight the medics while shouting that she was Harry Potter.
Authorities said they found a synthetic drug in Ms. Snape’s handbag that caused excited delirium in the user.
Ms. Snape has denied being involved in the two accidents and is currently held on bail of $ 60,000 (£ 43,634) on suspicion of vehicle murder and evacuation.
Ms. Feuerstein was a judge in New York State for 16 years before she was appointed to the Bundesbank by former President George W. Bush in 2003.
Her alma mater, the Cardozo School of Law, published a statement on Sunday: “Our thoughts are with her family at this time.”
While Eugene Corcoran, the executive director of the Eastern Court District, said that Ms. Feuerstein’s “eccentric style and warm personality brightened the courtroom,” added, “She will be missed by her colleagues and litigants alike.”