Iowa woman tells police she ran over 14-year-old because she ‘was a Mexican’

A 42-year-old woman chose to run over a 14-year-old girl because she “was a Mexican,” according to police in Clive, Iowa.

Authorities arrested Nicole Marie Poole Franklin in connection to a hit-and-run of 14-year-old Natalia Miranda. The teen was walking to a middle school basketball game when Franklin drove up onto the sidewalk and hit her with her car.

Franklin, who resides in Des Moines, was arrested Thursday. During her arrest, she told police that she had intentionally hit the girl with her car because she “was a Mexican.” Authorities reported that she also made other “derogatory remarks” about Hispanic people. The officers charged her with attempted murder.
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