An Iowa woman is facing an additional attempted murder charge after police said she hit a 12-year-old black boy with her car just an hour before she allegedly struck a 14-year-old girl because she “was a Mexican.”
Des Moines Sgt. Paul Parizek said video footage shows Nicole Poole Franklin, 42, intentionally hitting the 12-year-old boy, CNN reported Tuesday.
The Dec. 9 attack reportedly happened about an hour before Franklin allegedly hit the 14-year-old girl.
Franklin faces attempted murder charges for that hit-and-run as well.
According to police, the boy was walking along the curb of a parking lot of an apartment in Des Moines when Franklin reportedly drove her SUV over the curb and ran over his leg, according to CNN. She fled the scene.
Police reportedly said the boy suffered minor injuries during the attack.
Police said that Franklin told investigators she hit the 14-year-old girl because she was “a Mexican.”
Franklin reportedly made derogatory remarks about Latinos while speaking with investigators.
Franklin faces hate crime charges in a separate Dec. 9 incident, in which she was shouting racial slurs at a store owner and customer at a West Des Moines Conoco gas station around the time of the hit-and-run, police said.
She was arrested at the gas station, but police had not yet identified her as the alleged driver in the earlier hit-and-run incidents.
Franklin told police she had smoked meth within the last five hours.
“Shocked would be an understatement,” Clive Police Chief Michael Venema said. “I’ve been in law enforcement for 35 years, and I get very used to people being a little bit callous or maybe leaving the scene of an accident and not caring about someone who’s been hurt if they did so unintentionally. I was very shocked to hear that this was an intentional act.”
“I want to say in the strongest terms possible that there is no place in our community, or any community for that matter, for this type of hatred or violence,” Venema told KCCI. “We are committed to stand by and support this family and work diligently with them to seek justice.”