A soldier’s mother was critically injured after a group of teenagers reportedly threw an eight-pound rock at her car just days before her son was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.
Sharon Budd, 52, who is a breast cancer survivor and teacher, was driving from Ohio to New York on Interstate 80 with her husband Randy and daughter, Kaylee, 19, when four teens in Pennsylvania deliberately threw a heavy rock from a highway overpass located about 22 feet above their car. The boulder hit Budd’s windshield and struck Sharon in the head, reports Daily Mail.
Kaylee, who was driving at the time of the incident, pulled over the car and she and Randy called for help for the mother-of-four. Sharon was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center where doctors performed an emergency operation on her brain in order to reduce swelling. She is in critical condition and has reportedly lost eyesight in one eye, reports The CantonRep.
“Right now the doctors have no idea, none, on how she’s going to come out of this,” Randy said. He and Sharon, whom he calls “the glue to our family” have been together since they were teenagers and have been married for 31 years.
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Sharon was on the phone with her eldest son, 28-year-old Lucas, shortly before the incident. She reportedly asked him to send her a photo from Fort Bliss, Texas – where he is stationed – and he obliged, along with the text message, “I really miss you, mom,” according to Randy. Lucas was set to leave for Afghanistan with the Ohio National Guard for a one-year deployment this week, but the U.S. Army has delayed his departure until July 24.
Four teens have reportedly been arrested in connection with this crime: Brett Lahr, 18, Dylan Lahr, 17, and two minors who are going by the initials TGP and KLM. The older boys face felony charges of aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, as well as counts of propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle or onto roadway, possession of instruments of crime and recklessly endangering another person, reports the Daily Item.
Police say Dlyan and TGP got out of a car on an overpass and threw rocks at passing vehicles. When the boys noticed the Budd family’s vehicle slow down and pull off the highway, they reportedly fled to the Lahr family's house. They then reportedly drove past the crime scene twice before cops became suspicious and apprehended the teens.
Brett is in Union County Prison, where he is being held on $50,000 bail. Dylan has been released on supervised bail. The suspects’ preliminary hearings are scheduled to take place this Thursday.