An update to a previous News Views discussion:
An Iowa woman who told police she intentionally ran over a teenager because she believed the girl was Mexican has been charged with another hit-and-run crash that hurt a 12-year-old boy.
Nicole Franklin, who also goes by the name Nicole Poole, was charged Monday by Des Moines police with attempted murder in connection with a Dec. 9 crash that occurred less than an hour before another crash in suburban Clive.
In the latest charge, Franklin was accused of leaving a roadway, traveling onto a sidewalk and hitting a 12-year-old boy in an apartment complex in Des Moines. The boy suffered minor injuries.
“Looking at the three incidents collectively, the hate-filled motivation is apparent,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek in an email to ABC News on Tuesday. “The collective voice of metro law enforcement, and the communities we serve, is sending the message that if you commit biased-based crimes, we will charge you with the most serious offense applicable, with the most severe consequences. In this case, that charge is attempted murder.”