A white woman in Florida slapped an 11-year-old black child in the face and called him a racial slur when he crashed into her from behind on a go-kart track, police said.
Haley Erin Zager, 30, of Lantana, told police in Boca Raton she had stopped her ride at Boomers amusement park on Saturday when another go-kart rear-ended at “full speed,” according to an arrest report obtained by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Zager said she then “tapped” the boy’s face when he didn’t apologize, police said.
Zager admitted to police she shouldn’t have struck the boy, but told an employee at the amusement park after the crash that the “f–king n—-r” hit her in the back, according to the arrest report.
Three employees at the park saw Zager hit the youngster after getting out of her go-kart, police said.
The boy’s father said the crash occurred after another go-kart rammed into a row of vehicles on the track, setting off a chain of collisions sending the boy’s cart into Zager’s, police said.
Another boy at the park said Zager slapped the 11-year-old child with an open palm before telling a bystander “the n—-r hit me,” according to the arrest report.
The 11-year-old recalled the same version of events leading up to the crash, saying his go-kart was unintentionally pushed into the woman’s. He told police he didn’t hear what she said because he was so startled by being slapped by the woman, the arrest report states.
The boy, who had swelling on his left cheek, was treated by paramedics at the scene who gave him an ice pack, the newspaper reports.
Zager, who was charged with second-degree felony child abuse, admitted to officers that she hit the boy, but denied using the slur, court records show.
Police said they also found an Altoids tin packed with various pills in Zager’s underwear during a search as she was arrested. She was also charged with four counts of drug possession for the prescription pills, according to the arrest report.
Zager, who was released from jail Monday, declined comment when reached Tuesday by the Palm Beach Post, the newspaper reports.
With Post wires
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