Four teenagers from Ohio have been charged with felonious assault for tossing a sandbag off an overpass that landed on a vehicle and injured a passenger. The victim is currently in critical condition.
On Dec. 19, a sandbag crashed through the windshield of a moving car driving on Interstate 75 in Toledo and struck 22-year-old Marquise Byrd of of Warren, Michigan. Byrd was a front-seat passenger in the car, The Toledo Blade reports. The driver was not injured.
Byrd was taken to a nearby hospital. Toledo police said that Byrd had suffered a serious head injury and could potentially die.
Law enforcement arrested four teenagers in relation to the incident. The suspects' ages ranged from 13 to 14 years old, according to the Daily Mail. The suspects' names are withheld because they are minors.
All four teens are being held in a juvenile detention center.
On Dec. 20, the four teenagers appeared before the Lucas County Juvenile Court. Deputy prosecutor Lori Olender said the suspects would be charged with felonious assault and potentially vandalism.
"This is a case where the state has very strong evidence, there were statements made by all of the juveniles involved in this case," Olender said.
The deputy prosecutor added that the charges would become more severe if Byrd dies.
"If that would happen, then the state would be bringing some sort of homicide charge against all four who were involved," Olender said.
The four suspects will reappear in juvenile court on Dec. 29. It is unclear why they allegedly decided to toss a sandbag off the overpass.
Although most bridges and overpasses have fences to prevent items being dropped from them, the overpass in question was being worked on and some of the protective fencing was missing at the time of the incident.
On Oct. 24, five teenagers were charged with second-degree murder when one of them threw a 6-pound rock that crashed through a car window and killed a driver in Flint, Michigan, WJBK reports.
The suspects, all aged 15 and 16, had allegedly been dropping rocks from an overpass when one of the stones killed 32-year-old Kenneth White, a father of four. The rock had fractured his skull.
Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said the teenagers had tossed the rocks off of the overpass and then "drove to a McDonald's where they ate."
The five teenagers were all charged as adults.
Local law enforcement alleged the teens had tossed 20 rocks onto the highway. The suspects could face life in prison if convicted.
"Nobody wins," Pickell said. "A young boy lost his father, and all of the families are left grieving."