Utah driver, Steven Ray Becky alleged to have intentionally struck 11 year old girl on electric scooter, telling her, ‘we all have to die sometime,’ after crash.
A 19-year-old Utah driver who ‘intentionally’ struck an 11-year-old girl on an electric scooter Friday, is alleged to have told his victim after the crash, ‘we all have to die sometime,’ according to a witness cited in court documents.
The driver, identified as Steven Ray Becky, allegedly tried to flee the area, but a witness held him down until police arrived, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Asked by investigators why he hit the girl, Becky allegedly said, ‘because she was white.’
Officers said Steven Ray Becky was acting ‘uncooperative, aggressive, and non sympathetic’.
Responding officers said the suspect’s attitude and statement to the girl led them to believe he’d intentionally hit her. Becky later admitted to being high on Xanax, marijuana, LSD and psychedelic mushrooms, according to a probable cause statement cited by Fox 13.
Police Chief John Eining during a press conference on Friday said that the girl was pushed off her electric scooter by a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta that was driving on the wrong side of the road. The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday in Draper, a suburban community about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Home surveillance footage showed Becky making a ‘hard turn’ into the girl, Eining said. The car’s front bumper hit the girl, and then the vehicle overturned, according to court documents.
‘This is not what I would describe as veered into the gal or drifted into the gal,’ Eining said. ‘My description would be turned into the gal.’
The 11 year old victim suffered a head injury and a fractured hip and was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Becky was taken into custody and charged with suspicion of attempted criminal homicide, and DUI with serious bodily injury.