WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Nicole Marie Poole Franklin intentionally ran over a 14-year-old teenager in Iowa who was walking to school.
- Franklin told police that she’d intentionally hit the girl with her car because she thought the teen was Mexican.
- The girl, Natalia Miranda, suffered a concussion and severe bruising but is expected to recover fully.
On December 9, 14-year-old Natalia Miranda was walking to school in the Des Moines community in Iowa when an SUV steered onto the sidewalk and ran her over. The vehicle then fled the scene.
Authorities said during a news conference on Friday that the driver, 42-year-old Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, admitted to intentionally committing the act because she believed that the girl was Mexican.
Natalia told CBS Des Moines affiliate KCCI that she didn’t remember the impact. However, she does remember the car coming at her. According to the teen’s parents, she woke up in the snow after 15 minutes before managing to stumble to her school for help. The teenager was hospitalized for two days, suffering from a concussion and severe bruising. She is expected to make a full recovery.
Clive Police Chief Mike Venema said Friday that Franklin made several derogatory statements about Latinos during a police interview. The woman was already in jail for separate assault charges, also on December 9, when police linked her to the hit-and-run incident using a surveillance video.
KCCI reported that in the other case, Franklin was accused of making racist remarks to a convenience store clerk and customers. She also threw items at the clerk. She was charged with assault, operating under the influence, theft, and public intoxication. The paper also reported that hate crime charges are also being considered.
“I want to say in the strongest terms possible that there is no place in our community… for this type of hatred or violence,” said Venema.
Franklin was held in Polk County jail with a $1 million bond and appeared in court on Friday.
Source: CBS News