Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Police: Driver used SUV to strike black male before hitting Latina teen, raging at gas station


Danielle Gehr, Des Moines Register
Published 4:41 p.m. CT Dec. 23, 2019 | Updated 8:50 p.m. CT Dec. 23, 2019

Twice within an hour on the afternoon of Dec. 9, police say a Des Moines woman intentionally struck young pedestrians with her SUV, later telling authorities that she targeted a teenage girl because she was Latino.

Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, is accused of hitting a 12-year-old boy with her SUV as he walked on a sidewalk within an apartment complex property in the 6000 block of Creston Avenue in Des Moines.

Franklin is charged with attempted murder in the incident, which occurred at 3:54 p.m. on Dec. 9, according to a news release from Des Moines police. Witnesses told police the SUV accelerated prior to striking the young male, who is black. He suffered minor injuries.


Clive Police Chief Michael Venema on Friday said Franklin told police that she targeted Miranda because the girl "is Mexican."

In an email to the Register on Monday evening, Parizek said the 12-year-old boy is black and that looking at the other two incidents, "the hate-filled motivation is apparent."


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