Published: Mon, December 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Clive PD: Hit and run that injured girl was intentional | 1040 WHO

Clive PD: Hit and run that injured girl was intentional | 1040 WHO

"We are grateful that the victim is safe and recovering with her family". Earlier, the Clive Police Department requested the public's help in locating the driver.

Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, was driving a black Jeep Grand Cherokee near a high school earlier this month when she intentionally drove onto the sidewalk where the unnamed teen was walking, NBC News reported.

Franklin is being held in the Polk County Jail on a $1 million bond, and is also charged with assault, intoxication, possession of an undisclosed controlled substance and theft in the fifth degree, jail records show.

Police said Franklin admitted to intentionally hitting the girl in an attempt to kill her because she is "Mexican".

"Throughout the meeting Franklin not just confessed to being the driver of the automobile that struck this woman, but also that she'd done so blatantly", Venema stated in the announcement.

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"She went on to make a number of derogatory statements about Latinos to the investigators", he added.

"I don't remember the impact", she told local CBS affiliate KCCI at the time. "I just remember the vehicle coming at me".

A Des Moines woman was charged with attempted murder after she told police that she hit a teenage girl with her auto because she "was a Mexican". According to reports, Franklin has driven to a gas station and hurled racial abuses at customers present there before she threw a few things at one of the gas station employees.

"I mean, in the most energetic terms possible, that there is no place in our community (or any other) for this kind of hatred and violence", Venema said. "We are committed to supporting and supporting this family and working diligently with them to seek justice".

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Police Chief Michael Venema said he was "shocked" by the suspect's admission.

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