Man Struck by Sandbag Thrown Off I-75 Overpass Dies—4 Ohio Teens Charged
A Michigan man is dead, a victim of a sandbag tossed from a highway overpass in Toledo, Ohio, by a group of teenagers.
Marquise Byrd, 22, of Warren, Michigan, was riding in the passenger seat of a friend’s car when he was struck by a sandbag thrown off the I-75 overpass at Indiana Avenue on Dec. 19. The sandbag shattered the windshield and struck Byrd in the head.
Police responded to an emergency call at about 10:10 p.m. on Dec. 19. They found the car stopped on the side of the interstate.
Byrd was hospitalized at St. Vincent Medical Center in critical condition.
He died on the night of Friday, Dec. 22.
Four Ohio teens were arrested and charged with felonious assault. They remain incarcerated in the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center.
Police said the four had been throwing various items, including the sandbag, onto traffic passing below.
Toledo police spokesman Sgt. Kevan Toney told the Columbus Dispatch that the teens: Sean Carter, 14; Williams Parker, 14; Pedro Salinas, 13; and Demetrius Wimberly, 14, will all likely face further charges now that Byrd has died of his injuries.