35-year-old Daina Renee Forrest from North Carolina had been driving around while threatening the three teens by waving a knife and cursing at them.
A White woman from North Carolina has been charged with assault after she allegedly drove her car into a group of Black teenagers who were playing basketball in their own yard. On Monday, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that deputies were called to the scene a day before with reports of a minor "having been intentionally hit by a car" in Greenville. The woman, identified as 35-year-old Daina Renee Forrest according to the release, had been driving around while threatening the three teens by waving a knife and cursing at them around 5 p.m. on Sunday. According to ABC News, the release said that Forrest had "intentionally veered her car off the roadway and partially into the yard to strike the children."
She is not being charged with a hate crime. 🤦🏿♀️— ImBlack&ISaySo (@ImblackI) April 21, 2021
Per the sheriff's office, one of the three minors was left injured following Forrest's senseless stunt and had to be taken to the hospital by first responders. A spokesman for the sheriff's office, Sergeant Lee Darnell, told The Associated Press that the injuries sustained by the teen appeared to be minor in nature. Furthermore, authorities noted that the damage in the front of Forrest's car was consistent with hitting a person. While searching the vehicle, deputies found "a knife consistent with the previous story, a bag of crack cocaine, and marijuana filled cigars," according to The Hill.
Forrest was ultimately charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and a count of felony possession of cocaine. Per the news release, the woman was being held on a $230,000 bond and jail records indicated that she still remains in custody as of Tuesday. It is not clear if Forrest has an attorney representing her. Although Forrest was White and the three minors were Black, Darnell said he didn't believe that the latest attack was racially motivated. "I don’t believe it was a race hate crime, no," he told the Associated Press. However, netizens refuse to believe that the incident had nothing to do with the boys' race.
No...doesn't sound the least bit racially motivated...🙄...seriously?!— Robin Comfort 🐝🍦😷 #TeamPeteforBiden 🕶️🍦 (@RobinComfort) April 20, 2021
Taking to Facebook, user Tracy Thraikill wrote: Interesting that Pitt Sheriff's Office doesn't mention these three juveniles this white witch intentionally hit were black. Not surprising either that Sgt. Darnell says he doesn't believe this was racially motivated, because we all know NC is just filled with diversity. Of course, this was racially motivated, and it's sad, disgusting, and infuriating that this law enforcement agency refuses to acknowkedge this. On Twitter, user @BEYNCEcallmeDVA expressed: The white sheriff don’t believe race was a factor Bc white women drives her car in to white kids all the time. Meanwhile, I see 3 counts of attempted murder. 3 counts of felony hate crime. I3 assaults with a deadly weapon (2 counts) Idk wtf the white sheriff is looking at. User @ClothingSaucee shared: Yet they said they don’t believe it was race-related but offered no motive.
Racism, this is racism...— cpa (she/her) (@cpaforjustice) April 20, 2021
User @Chayilyahudah wrote: “Darnell said he does not believe race was a factor. “I don’t believe it was a race hate crime, no.” It’s NEVER a hate crime when the victims are BLACK! Another chimed in: We must take point in training our families as brothers VERY seriously! These race soldiers,& their deputized civilian terrorists will be targeting more black children,& women. We cannot afford to ignore these threats family!