Police in Clive, Iowa, say that a woman has confessed to hitting a teenager with a car because she was “a Mexican,” The Hill reports.
Clive police say that on December 9th, Nicole Marie Poole Franklin hit a 14-year-old as she was walking on the sidewalk.
Investigators say that they determined that the hit-and-run was intentional after the 42-year-old said she hit the teen because she was “a Mexican,” KCCI reported.
Franklin had also reportedly made derogatory remarks about Latinos while speaking with investigators. The victim was injured and reportedly later woke up in the snow.
“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,” Clive Police Chief Michael Venema told KCCI. “We are committed to stand by and support this family and work diligently with them to seek justice.”
Franklin has also been charged with assault after police said she used racist terms toward a clerk at a convenience store and threw items at the clerk around the time of the hit-and-run.