Authorities report multiple rock-throwing incidents on highways

| 1/10/2007

Truckers and motorists have been busy dodging flying objects on U.S. highways in recent days, according to several local law enforcement agencies.

Two Dansville, NY, men posted bail Friday after state police said they were responsible for the injury of operator John Bogan, 39, who was struck in the shoulder by a large rock as he drove on Interstate 390. State police charged Ryan Beaupre, 20, and Derek Simpson, 29, with first-degree reckless endangerment.

Both men admitted their involvement when confronted by state police, according to the Hornell Evening Tribune. Bogan was treated at a hospital and released.

The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for a homeless man near I-95 in Miami after two motorists were hit Tuesday by a man throwing rocks on the highway near NW 8th Street, according to the Miami Herald. One driver was treated at a hospital and another was treated at the accident scene, according to the newspaper's Web site.

Maryland State Police told WBAL-TV in Baltimore that four motorists reported their vehicles were hit by three males throwing rocks on I-68 near Mountain Road in Hancock. One rock destroyed a commercial truck windshield, injuring the truck driver, and police also said two children were treated for minor injuries.

No arrests were reported in that case. However, the incidents are not the only ones to occur in recent years, and in some, death has resulted.

Bobby Roberts, 19, is still in prison for throwing concrete from an interstate overpass in Indianapolis and causing a truck crash and deadly injuries in 2005.

In April 2005, Roberts, threw a piece of concrete from an overpass onto Interstate 70. The concrete struck the truck of Richard Rodriguez, crashing through the windshield and landing on his chest.

Rodriguez was able to stop the truck but crashed. He suffered severe injuries in the crash and died two days later.

According to the Indiana Department of Corrections Web site, Roberts remains in custody at the Putnamville Correctional Facility in Putnamville, IN. He is serving a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to one felony count of overpass mischief. He was sentenced in December 2005, and won't be eligible for parole until October 2009.