A Utah man was arrested Friday after allegedly mowing down an 11-year-old girl with his car and then telling her, “We all die sometime.”
Steven Ray Becky, 19, was booked on suspicion of attempted criminal homicide and DUI with serious bodily injury after police say he intentionally crashed his car into an 11-year-old girl riding an electric scooter on Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Footage captured by nearby home surveillance cameras show that Becky was driving on the wrong side of a residential street in Draper at around 8:30 a.m. before he made a “hard turn” into the girl, police said during a news conference, according to the publication.
“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,” Draper City Police Chief John Eining said.
A nearby witness told police that Becky then approached the girl aggressively and said, “We all die sometime,” the Tribune reports, citing court documents.
The witness, identified by Salt Lake City’s Fox 13 as Ronald Cook, told police that he restrained Becky until police arrived when he tried to leave the scene of the crash. During that encounter, however, Cook said that Becky admitted to having used Xanax and marijuana, and police say that after he was taken to the hospital for evaluation, he admitted to doctors that he’d taken both LSD and psychedelic mushrooms, the outlet reports.
Police allege that Becky was largely “non-sympathetic towards the child victim,” and when asked by detectives why he hit her, he said that he did so because she was white, according to Fox 13.
While a motive has not been released, authorities have said there is a personal connection between Becky and the child.
“Mr. Becky is staying in the area with an aunt and uncle. The aunt and uncle have a daughter that is the same age as our victim and they are friends,” Eining said, according to another report from Fox 13.
The child suffered a head injury and a fractured hip from being hit, according to the outlet. However, police say that she was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which they say protected her from suffering even greater injuries. She is expected to recover.
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