Law-enforcement officials announced
Wednesday, April 13, that they have arrested a suspect in connection with the
death of an over-the-road trucker in Indianapolis.
The trucker, Richard Rodriguez 44,
Crucible, PA, was killed earlier this month after an object thrown off an
overpass crashed through his windshield, according to police reports.
The incident occurred April 5 as the
over-the-road trucker was driving his rig through the Indianapolis area. The
trucker was westbound on Interstate 70 when he passed under the bridge that
carries Lynhurst Street over the highway.
An object, which The Indianapolis
Star described as “a jagged piece of concrete,” dropped off the overpass,
smashing through the truck’s windshield and striking Rodriguez.
The Star reported
that despite the debris “smashing” Rodriguez in the chest, the trucker was able
to steer his rig to the side of the road, where he then called 9-1-1 and gave a
report of the attack.
He died April 7 of his injuries.
The Indiana State Police said in a
statement that they have arrested Robert Roberts, 18, of Indianapolis. He is
charged with reckless homicide, overpass mischief and criminal recklessness,
all felonies, as well as a single misdemeanor for damaging the semi.
Roberts is currently in the custody of Marion County, IN,
officials. Bond was not yet set in the case, State Police officials said.
Rodriguez was a veteran of the U.S. Army, according to media
reports. He was married and the father of three children.