Jessica Yevette Crane of Miami, Florida has been arrested for allegedly crashing into Michelle James and her two children on a sidewalk in Miramar last Saturday, news sources indicate. Witnesses at the scene of the accident claim a silver Infiniti sedan belonging to Crane jumped the curb, struck the trio, and fled.
James, 37, was taken to Memorial Region Hospital in critical condition. Her children, aged 5 and 3, didn’t have life-threatening injuries. Crane, 39, is charged with three counts of hit-and-run involving serious injury and her bond was set at $40,000. She was released on Monday from Broward County Jail after posting bail. The press did not specify an attorney for Crane.
James and her children where purportedly struck at a bus stop on South University Drive. According to the arrest report, several witnesses followed the silver sedan after the accident and saw its driver jump another curb a mile away. Witnesses told investigators that the vehicle’s driver was allegedly speeding and switching lanes without signaling.
Drivers who witnessed the accident reportedly forced the sedan off the road and apprehend its driver. The witnesses’ actions were captured in a news footage clip shown on WSVN Channel 7. Tania Rues, a Miramar police spokeswoman, publicly thanked the witnesses who involved themselves in the accident by following and apprehending the driver.
Miramar police claim that Crane blamed the mother and her two children for the crash. She allegedly told investigators that the trio, whom she reportedly misidentified as Cuban, had been trying to get free money from her. She reportedly claimed that the family had run into her vehicle.
News sources say Crane began to cry after her arrest and lamented that she didn’t stay at the scene of the accident. The investigation is still ongoing with assistance from Broward County Sheriff’s Child Protective Investigations Section. It is unclear whether Crane was under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the alleged accident.