Columbia protester who ‘killed’ elderly Vermont couple in crash should be in jail, not on campus, furious family says

The super-privileged protester arrested Thursday at an anti-Israel camp at Columbia University should be in prison, not at an elite university, says the niece of an elderly Vermont couple killed in a crash she allegedly caused. talk.

According to police, on September 8, 2020, teenager Isabelle Jennifer Seward, 20, crossed the double line and collided head-on with Chet and Connie Hawkins.

“The only reason she wasn’t charged with murder is because she has a rich father,” argued Eve Taylor, 49.

Colombian protester Isabel Seward was fined $220 for a fatal head-on collision in 2020. Laura Dickerman/Facebook
When Seward was 16 years old, he crossed a double line in Vermont and collided head-on with another vehicle. ABC10

“She should be in jail.”

Ms. Seward, the daughter of UPS executive William J. Seward, was 16 at the time and came from a wealthy family.

When she was taken into custody Thursday at Columbia Police Department, she listed her home address as a $2.2 million mansion in a busy neighborhood in northeast Atlanta.

After the 2020 accident, Seward contested the traffic ticket and was fined $220, which her mother paid. Rutland Herald.

Connie and Chet Hawkins were killed in a head-on crash near their home in Vermont in 2020.

Seward has not been charged with any crimes related to the crash, and a Vermont State Police spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incident.

The newspaper reached out to Isabel Seward and her family for comment, but they did not respond.

Taylor said her aunt and uncle were high school sweethearts and lived in Charlotte, Vermont, for many years.

On April 18, protesters camped out on Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus. robert miller

Police told local media at the time of the crash that Seward gave contradictory answers about the events leading up to the head-on collision, including whether he was texting.

However, her pickup truck crossed the double line on Route 7 in Charlotte, Vermont, and hit Chet and Connie head-on, according to police reports and photos from the accident scene.

“Her truck went over the hood of their car and crushed my uncle and aunt,” Taylor said.

According to local media reports, Connie, 72, died instantly. Mr Taylor said the critically injured Chet, 73, suffered for “several hours” as first responders struggled to extricate him from the wreckage.

Eve Taylor, niece of Chet and Connie Hawkins, wants Seward to be charged with murder in the fatal crash.

The man died five hours later at a nearby hospital.

Seward’s case became a point of contention between the Vermont State Police and the Chittenden County Prosecutor’s Office, who were reportedly upset that the agency published her name in a press release.

According to the Rutland Herald, state police were told by Chittenden County Attorney Sarah George not to release the then-teenage girl’s name, but the department released her name after a legal review. Record the law.

Connie died instantly in the accident, and Chet died five hours later at the hospital.

The Post’s revelation that Seward was back in the news once again enraged Chatto and Connie’s family, Taylor said.

“Chet and Connie’s entire family is furious,” she said.

Taylor said she called Vermont State Police Saturday morning to see if they would reopen the investigation into the fatal crash.

“I want her to be charged with murder,” she said.

Seward was handcuffed and taken from the Columbia University campus on Thursday, April 18, by NYPD officers. Laura Dickerman/Facebook

“She has no remorse, no punishment. She’s just using her Ivy League privileges to fly around Columbia. After basically getting away with murder, she’s now trying to figure out what she’s doing.” They are promoting murder without any understanding of what they are promoting.”

Taylor added, “It’s outrageous that they didn’t kick her off campus.”