Fifth rock-throwing incident in a week damages cars on expressways
Sun-Times Media Wire May 14, 2012 2:44PM
The windshield of this car was damaged when it was struck by a rock Sunday night on northbound I-57. State police said five vehicles were damaged in the apparent rock-throwing incident. / photo provided
Updated: May 15, 2012 11:19AM
Vandals throwing debris onto area expressways have damaged more than a dozen vehicles in at least five separate incidents in recent days, including two Monday afternoon.
A white Toyota utility vehicle windshield was broken during Monday’s first incident on the Eisenhower Expressway near Pulaski Road about 1:16 p.m., State Police District Chicago Trooper Ivan Bukaczyk said.
Illinois Department of Transportation Crews found the projectile was thrown from the top of the overpass, Bukaczyk said. Fire Department crews examined the driver, and the driver of a Dodge van pulled over to help but neither was injured.
Less than four hours later, witnesses saw “a few kids” throwing rocks at cars on I-57 from a bridge near 151st Street, Bukaczyk said. One car had minor damage, but the motorist declined to file a report.
On Sunday night, five cars were damaged by rocks that were thrown on I-57 on Sunday night.
The cars were damaged about 8 p.m. Sunday on northbound I-57 near 147th Street, Illinois State Police District Chicago Sgt. Juan Valenzuela said.
There was no significant damage to the vehicles, Valenzuela said, though some sustained shattered windows.
No one is in custody and no one was injured.
It marked at least the third reported incident of rock throwers damaging vehicles within the last week.
Several Stevenson Expressway drivers reported Saturday that rocks, possibly thrown from a railroad bridge, hit their cars.
Valenzuela said no one was hurt in the incident, which happened around 10:30 p.m. on the northbound side of I-55 between Pulaski and Kedzie.
Prosecutors charged two teens last Thursday for allegedly throwing rocks at vehicles on the Chicago Skyway.
The boys, 14 and 15, were charged with one count of felony vehicular endangerment and six counts of misdemeanor criminal damage to property, police said.
They are charged with throwing rocks at cars on the Skyway (I-90) about 9 p.m. on May 9 at Indianapolis Avenue and 105th Street, police said. Seven vehicles were hit with projectiles that damaged hoods and windshields, Calumet Area police said.