Gov. Brad Henry has
signed a bill into law making it a potential felony to throw something
off an overpass or bridge.
SB625, written by Sen.
Daisy Lawler, D-Comanche, would in some cases require a penalty of up
to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for throwing objects at vehicles.
Lawler proposed the
legislation because of a June 2001 attack on Cindi Broaddus, Duncan, OK,
who suffered burns on her arms and face when a gallon jar of sulfuric
acid crashed through the windshield of a car in which she was riding.
The new law, which takes
effect July 1, would make the crime a felony if whatever is thrown causes
injury or property damage, The Oklahoman reported. Throwing something
off that doesn’t cause an injury or property damage would be a misdemeanor.
No one has been arrested
in Broaddus’ case.
Broaddus told the newspaper
she and a friend were headed to Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma
City when the acid was dropped from an overpass on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike
at 3:30 a.m. June 5, 2001.
Broaddus was severely
burned and has had more than a dozen operations since the attack.