Rocks thrown from overpass damage vehicles, cruiser - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Rocks thrown from overpass damage vehicles, cruiser

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - A shattered windshield is a reminder of one frightening ride.  

"It was horrible," says Marceline Van Sickle.

The 18 year-old was behind the wheel of her car after midnight Saturday when she and two friends came under attack.

"I was freaking out," says Van Sickle.  "I didn't know what to do," she adds.

Her Pontiac Grand Am had been pelted by at least two concrete rocks.  One of the rocks ended up in the back seat.

"I think if I was going any faster, it wouldn't have hit my windshield wipers first," says Van Sickle.  "It would have came straight through the glass," she adds.

The potentially deadly encounter happened as her car travelled beneath the Donnell Road overpass at Paul Barret Parkway, or Highway 385, in rural Shelby County.  Within minutes, another rock shattered the windshield of a second car.  A 19 year-old was slightly injured.

"Very scary situation," says Steve Shular with the Shelby Co. Sheriff's Office.

In fact, a deputy encountered the same situation back in October while on routine patrol.

"And as he approached that overpass at Donnell Road -- something came crashing through his windshield," says Shular.

The same person or group of people is likely responsible for throwing all of the rocks.

"I mean, do you have too much time on your hands?" asks Van Sickle.  "Would you like someone to do it to your car?" she says.

Her family is thankful a repair bill is in its future and not a funeral.

Action News 5 did find reports of several deadly incidents across the country of rocks being thrown from bridges and overpasses. 

The Shelby Co. Sheriff's Office says a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee was seen parked this weekend on the Donnell Road overpass. Call Crime-Stoppers at 901-528-CASH if you have any information.


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