In case you didn’t realize, throwing random crap off overpasses can seriously injure or even kill someone. That idiocy killed a woman in July 2003 who was riding in a car on Interstate 680 in Omaha — thanks to neonattack, I got enough info to find a forum post with a related article pasted in it. Very sad story.
We had a rash of that overpass-throwing going on in Johnson County, and it could still be happening. Read our brief about it here.
I’ll also include an e-mail The Gazette received from someone who actually experienced this. For the love of Peter, if you know who is doing this stuff, turn them in. Please.
Hi, I wasn’t sure where to send this request, so I am hoping you can help to get some light shed on the following problem. Very early this morning (Feb.1), at 1:45am, my husband and I were driving North on highway 218 and had just passed under the Poweshiek Road overpass when a person/person’s threw an object off of the overpass into the windshield of our van. We saw people on the overpass, but it was dark, so we could not tell if they were kids or adults. Everything happened so quickly. Luckily no one was seriously injured, aside from being sprayed with pieces of shattered glass from the impact of the object hitting our windshield, which was heavily damaged. The Johnson county sheriff eventually arrived on the scene and told us this was the 3rd or 4th time in the last couple of weeks that this has happened in the same area where we were at. We went back to the scene this morning. While we didn’t find any possible items that could have been dropped to the highway below, we did find about 40 paint balls laying around….who knows what they were doing with those. Exactly what are people thinking when they do something like this?? Someone is going to get killed…even the sheriff said that. If this is something that has happened on several different occasions, can some light be shed on the situation to make people more aware that they need to drive with extra caution in that area? Or maybe the police can step up patrol in that area? Our situation could have had a much more tragic ending than it did…we were lucky. Someone else might not be.