Three kids facing charges for throwing chunks of concrete, logs onto busy Cuyahoga Falls road
Two cars damaged, drivers frightened
Bob Jones, newsnet5.com
2:13 PM, Feb 12, 2013
4:53 PM, Feb 12, 2013
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio - Mike Bailey assumed a bridge overpass in Cuyahoga Falls was crumbling when a large chunk of concrete slammed on top of his Pontiac Grand Prix Saturday night.
"I actually saw it hit and I was like, 'What the heck?' If it would have come through the windshield, who knows what could have happened," Bailey said.
It's a very scary thought for Bailey, 46, because his 5-year-old was also inside the car. They were heading home after a trip to McDonald's.
"He's like, 'What was that?' I said, 'A big rock just hit our car.' He's like, 'Where did it come from?' I was like, 'I don't know," said Bailey.
Bailey was stopped by a red light near a railroad overpass and Route 8 when the scary incident unfolded around 8 p.m.
The chunk of concrete was the size of a softball and damaged the car's hood.
Bailey drove to his Cuyahoga Falls apartment and called 911. About 30 minutes later, police called Bailey and reported that three kids had been arrested for tossing chunks of concrete and several other items from the railroad overpass onto Howe Avenue.
"They've got to know they could have killed someone, so hopefully they'll learn," Bailey said.
Cuyahoga Falls Police Sgt. Gary Blevins said the kids also tossed an 18-inch chunk of concrete, weighing 50 pounds, onto the busy roadway, but luckily it did not strike a car, injure anyone or cause a crash.
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"If it goes through a windshield, no windshield is made to withstand that type of impact," Blevins said.
Another driver near the bridge called 911 to report minor damage after "a piece of something" hit his windshield.
Police responded to the overpass area and followed footprints and bicycle tracks in the snow. It led them to three boys, ages 11, 11 and 14.
The boys admitted to throwing debris, including chunks of concrete, small wooden logs and bottles.
"Where are their parents? What are they teaching?" Bailey wondered.
The juveniles are charged with vehicular vandalism, criminal damaging and criminal trespassing since the railroad tracks are owned by CSX.
"Common sense tells you not to throw stuff off an overpass, but you can't teach common sense," Sgt. Blevins said.