Trucker killed when object dropped from overpass strikes his cab

| 4/13/2005

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.