New Oklahoma law targets tossing items on roadways

| 6/16/2003

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.