Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Not A Good Day To Be Cindy Jasmin

Image from WCBS-TVby Dick Mac

Errin Phelan, a 22-year-old volunteer coordinator in the Mayor's office was walking towards a cab stand on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn the other night, with her college friend Alma Guerrero. A green Acura came towards them. Errin pushed Alma out of the way and was struck by the car.

The driver fled.

The car, which was found ditched a short distance away, had been involved in a hit-and-run collision on Flatbush Avenue shortly beforehand, and is owned by Cindy Jasmin. Police want to talk to Ms. Jasmin, but she is nowhere to be found.

Meanwhile, Errin Phelan lies in a coma, on life-support systems, and Alma Guerrero is in stable condition.

My experience as an expatriated New Yorker (hailing from distant New England) is that New Yorkers help each other. No matter how silently people may shuffle the crowded streets, look at their feet on the subway, ignore the din of the city, when someone is in trouble, New Yorkers respond. I see it everywhere.

I don't know if Cindy Jasmin ran down these two women; but it is reported she has an atrocious driving record, and has disappeared. Her family will not cooperate with police to find her, so it is up to the citizenry to keep their eyes open.

It's possible she is innocent. If she is innocent, I look forward to her exoneration and will write about it here. If she is innocent there is no reason to stay in hiding.

If she is guilty, then it is truly is a very bad day to be Cindy Jasmin.

Police On The Hunt For Cindy Jasmin