Five Michigan teenagers will be charged as adults after they threw a 6-pound rock onto a highway and fatally struck a passenger in a vehicle.
Ken White, 32, was riding in the passenger's seat of a van on Oct. 18 when a large rock suddenly came crashing through the windshield, MLive reported. The rock struck White in the head, rendering him unconscious. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The rock was thrown by a group of five teenagers. They reportedly threw 20 rocks off of an overpass on Interstate 75, police said.
The teens have been identified as Kyle Anger, 17; Mark Sekelsky, 16; Mikaydyn Payne, 16; Trevor Gray, 15; and Alexander Miller, 15. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced on Oct. 23 that they will all be charged as adults.
According to WNEM, the teens are facing the following charges: one count of second-degree murder, one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, two misdemeanor counts of malicious destruction of property and six felony counts of malicious destruction of property.
“I don’t think this was a deliberate attempt to take somebody’s life. It was a willful and wanton act that resulted in somebody’s death," Leyton told WNEM. "These people should have known better. Under Michigan law that is second-degree murder.”
"These particular individuals knowingly created a very high risk of death or great bodily harm, knowing that death or such harm would be the likely result of such actions," Leyton added.
White is survived by his fiancee, Amy Cagle, and their four children. Cagle was devastated by her fiance's sudden death.
"He was a good man and a good father," Cagle told CNN. "For some senseless act, for it to be just a rock, just to take him so soon."
"He took away a child's father, and the love of my life," Cagle said of the one who dropped the rock. "His stupid act took away a life."
White's sister, Alicia Waskoski, also spoke on the tragic loss of her brother, whose youngest child is just 5 years old.
"I just don't understand what a person could be thinking to even want to do something like that," Waskoski told the news station. "To know they're putting lives in danger by just throwing rocks over the overpass."
A GoFundMe page was launched to help White's family cover funeral costs. The page has raised more than $49,690 of its $50,000 goal in just five days.