Deputies: Pasco parent purposely hits 79-year-old drop-off line volunteer with Cadillac

Lawrence Dean Franklin, Pasco County Sheriff's Office photo
Lawrence Dean Franklin, Pasco County Sheriff's Office photo

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Deputies charged a 34-year-old Pasco County parent with purposely hitting a drop-off line volunteer with a Cadillac.

Lawrence Dean Franklin was driving his 2006 Cadillac CTS, which weighs more than 3,500 pounds, around 9:30 a.m. in the drop-off loop at Calusa Elementary School, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

A 79-year-old volunteer was assisting in the loop. “Franklin refused to go into the proper lane, which can endanger pedestrians during drop off,” a sheriff’s office spokesperson said.

Franklin then took his foot off the brake, with the volunteer standing in front of the Cadillac, deputies said. Franklin purposely struck the volunteer, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim sustained a minor leg injury, which did bleed. He also had a noticeable limp, deputies said. The victim declined fire rescue treatment for the injury.

“Franklin stated he ‘felt threatened’ by Denamen when he told him to move into another lane,” the sheriff’s office spokesperson said.

Franklin is charged with aggravated battery with a vehicle on a person older than 65.

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