Woman questioned in Brooklyn hit and run

February 23, 2010 10:10:13 PM PST
The owner of the Acura that hit two women in a Brooklyn hit-and-run accident says her sister was behind the wheel. Cindy Jasmin, 31, of the Bronx met with police investigators at her lawyer's office.

Sources said her attorney told police that Jasmin's sister was driving the car when the accident happened. The attorney also said her sister has been admitted to the New York Presbyterian Psychiatric Center in White Plains for treatment. Police are investigating the claim.

After questioning, police led Jasmin away in handcuffs on an outstanding warrant. Jasmin appeared before a judge in Bronx criminal court where she paid a fine for driving with a suspended license. Jasmin was then allowed to leave. Jasmin has not been charged in the hit and run.

The accident happened at 4:30 Sunday morning when two women struck while crossing Flatbush Avenue. A car traveling northbound hit the women, and then kept on going, police said.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly said 22-year-old Erin Phelan and friend 23-year-old Alma Guerrero remain hospitalized at Kings County Hospital, and that Phelan is in "very, very serious condition."

Phelan, who promotes volunteerism for New York City, is credited with pushing her friend out of a car's path before she was gravely injured herself.

Guerrero is in stable condition. She's a medical student at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

The women were roommates at Brown.

Anyone with information on the hit and run can call the NYPD's Crimestoppers tip line through 311 or by texting "TIP577" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Outside the Five Boroughs, you can call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All information will be kept confidential.