IOWA: Woman Ran Over Teen “Because She’s Mexican”

The Des Moines Register reports:

The Clive police chief said hate crime charges are being considered after a woman admitted she hit a 14-year-old girl with her car because the girl is Hispanic.

Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly running down a 14-year-old on Dec. 9 as the girl walked to Indian Hills Junior High School, Clive police say. The Des Moines woman is being held at the Polk County Jail.

At a news conference Friday morning, Clive Police Chief Michael Venema said this action has “no place in our community.”

The victim is back in school after several days in the hospital.