February 1, 2020
Stick with a job for too long and you’ll eventually get killed by blacks.
It’s just a law of the universe.
An 18-year-old Chesterfield County man was charged Thursday with fatally shooting a 79-year-old Lyft driver who was giving the suspect a ride early Monday in a killing that occurred in the same block as the suspect’s home.
Bernard E. Smith, 18, of the 2900 block of Providence Creek Road, was charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the slaying of Franklin L. “Frank” Farrens, 79, who lived near Old Bermuda Hundred Road and Golf Course Road in Chester, about 20 miles away from the scene of his killing.
Chesterfield police Capt. Jay Thornton said Farrens was employed through Lyft as a driver for the ride-hailing company and Smith was his passenger. Investigators believe Farrens was fatally shot in his four-door Volkswagen between 4 and 4:30 a.m. in the 2900 block of Providence Road.
“The Lyft fare terminated in the neighborhood that we believe [the suspect] is residing in,” Thornton said.
A neighbor’s Ring doorbell camera captured an image of Farrens’ car hitting a homeowner’s mailbox about 4 a.m. before rolling across the street and into a parked car. The footage also showed a person running from the scene.