Source: Free Market Shooter blog, Duane
It seems I’m just no longer with the times. Apparently throwing things like eggs and snowballs at cars traveling on freeways (dangerous enough in its own respect) doesn’t get a rise among children anymore. Because kids have “graduated” to throwing much more dangerous objects at cars from freeway overpasses.
In May of last year, an 18-year-old in Philadelphia was charged with throwing railroad spikes and rocks from an overpass onto cars passing below, all for the fun of it. I actually needed to see it to believe it:
Fortunately, in this instance, it did not take much to catch the perp, but the charges pressed were far too mild:
Blake Bowers, 18, is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment of another person, police said Sunday.
Police were called to the 600 block of University Avenue in West Philly around 8:20 p.m. on Friday evening, where they found four drivers who had each had their vehicles damaged while driving under a railroad overpass toward I-76.
“The damage was caused by objects thrown from the overpass,” a police report states, a height of some 40 feet above the street.
A 45-year-old male driver told police “that after his windshield was broken by the thrown object, he parked, exited his vehicle and saw the defendant on the train tracks,” according to a police report on the incident.
Police said they found three metal railroad spikes, two metal railroad clamps and one rock at the scene.
Aggravated assault and reckless endangerment were the only charges this kid received? You would think the baseline could be “attempted murder” or something just as serious. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt or killed in this instance, and the perpetrator was able to be apprehended quickly, in part to his disregard as to the severity of his criminal actions. Perhaps the perpetrator did not think there would be any consequences? Or any charges he might have faced wouldn’t be that serious?
It seems that this is precisely the case, as about six months later, in a similar incident on the New Jersey Turnpike near Philadelphia, the perpetrators graduated from railroad spikes to 50-pound dumbbells.
This story was shared by someone who has stated that the incidents of throwing objects from overpasses is very common in the Philadelphia area. In this instance, the struck car had two passengers, the driver was (obviously) seriously hurt, and finally died on Tuesday night, which prompted this Wednesday story: