Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Where Rock Throwing Is A Serious Crime

Where is it a serious crime?

In the United States:

5 Teenagers Are Charged With Murder After a Man Is Struck by a Rock From an Overpass

Five teenagers in Michigan, accused of killing a man with a six-pound rock hurled from an overpass on a school night last week, were denied bond on Tuesday after being charged with second-degree murder.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office said Ken White, a 32-year-old father of four, was driving on Interstate 75 near Flint on Wednesday, headed home from a construction job, when a rock shattered his windshield and struck his chest and head, breaking his skull and clavicle. An autopsy ruled that his cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton accused the teenagers of “a willful and wanton act that resulted in somebody’s death.” Mr. Leyton said they would be tried as adults.

The teenagers range in age from 15 to 17...

Similar episodes have menaced highways around the country for decades. In 1991, Karen Zentner, 22, was killed when a man pushed a 52-pound boulder onto her car from a bridge in New Paltz, N.Y. In Jersey City in 1994, a baby tucked into the back seat of an Audi was mortally injured by a 16-pound bowling ball that a teenager sent pinballing through the windshield.

And in 2014, Sharon Budd of Uniontown, Ohio, suffered permanent brain damage and required several facial reconstruction surgeries when she was struck by a rock while driving under an overpass in Pennsylvania.

...“If there’s any warning that both David and I can give,” Sheriff Pickell said at the news conference, referring to himself and the prosecutor, “it’s telling young people: You make a bad decision, you could be spending the rest of your life in prison.”

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