Draper, UT – Police arrested a 19-year-old man who admitted he purposely drove over an 11-year-old girl who was pushing her scooter up the street “because she was white.”
The incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. on June 1 as the little girl was pushing her bright blue scooter south on S. Winged Bluff Lane, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Draper City Police Chief John Eining said Steven Ray Becky was driving his 2010 Volkswagen Jetta on the wrong side of the same road, headed north.
Court documents said that statements made by Becky after the wreck, as well as surveillance footage from the security cameras at the home in front of which they crashed, indicated that the man had intentionally struck the little girl, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Chief Eining said the surveillance video showed Becky made a “hard turn” into the girl.
Court documents said that Becky’s front bumper struck the child and then his vehicle flipped over, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
"This is not what I would describe as veered into the gal or drifted into the gal. My description would be turned into the gal,” the chief told reporters.
Clark Santos owns the home with the surveillance cameras that captured the horrific attack on the little girl.
“I got my cameras, not for this reason,” Clark Santos told KSTU. “I woke up because my phone was alerting me, some motion in my driveway.”
When Santos walked outside, he saw the aftermath of the crash.
“It was pretty bad. It was pretty horrific,” he said. “I see the girl laying down freaking out and all this mess.”
Ronald Cook, a witness who was at the scene, told police that right after the crash, Becky walked up to the girl in an aggressive manner and said, “We all have to die sometime,” KSTU reported.
Cook said that Becky tried to flee the scene of the wreck but he restrained him.
He told police that while he was holding Becky, the suspect admitted that he had been using drugs.
Becky told Cook that he had taken Xanax and used marijuana before getting into his car and purposely hitting the girl, according to KSTU.
When police arrived, Becky was uncooperative and behaved in an erratic manner.
The suspect told police he had run over the little girl “because she was white,” KSTU reported.
Becky showed no sympathy to the victim or regret for his actions when talking to law enforcement.
He was transported to the hospital where he told the doctor that he had taken LSD and mushrooms before he ran down the child, according to KSTU.
The 11-year-old girl was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Her injuries included a head injury and a fractured hip.
Chief Eining said Becky knew the little girl because she is friends with the child of a family member with whom he was staying, KSTU reported.
He was arrested and charged with suspicion of attempted criminal homicide and driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury.