Police Say People Are Throwing Rocks at Cars on Interstate 35 in Austin, Texas
Police in Austin, Texas, are warning drivers about people throwing rocks at cars on Interstate 35.
A week ago, a woman was driving down I-35 when a rock struck her in the neck after it broke through her windshield.
— Brennen & his Beard (@Brennen_S) January 10, 2016
Someone still throwing rocks onto lower deck of I-35. Pics (via APD) from incidents 11/4 at 4pm and 11/5 at 12:24am pic.twitter.com/CjjuQpSKMP
— Nathan Bernier (@KUTnathan) November 6, 2015
Tina Morales told Fox San Antonio that she was hit by a rock as her husband, Kevin, was driving down I-35.
According to a 911 call, her friend told the operator: “Somebody threw a rock or something and it hit me in the shoulder. It might have been a rock or a bullet.”
“I think if it wouldn’t have hit [her husband] Frank and slowed down just a little bit on his shoulder I probably wouldn’t be here,” Morales said.
— Jennifer Kendall (@jenniferonFOX7) July 30, 2014
Driving down I-35 and a couple of idiots were throwing rocks at cars and look what happened to my moms windshield!! pic.twitter.com/y0jabgwaln
— makenna (@MakennaBartlett) February 7, 2014
Meanwhile, KHOU-TV reported there have been more than 50 rock-throwing incidents on I-35 between midnight and 5 a.m. since June 2014. The rocks have been thrown at cars from the upper deck of I-35 between Braker Lane and Riverside Drive. No suspect or suspects have been identified, and authorities have no leads.
“Terrifying to have a rock come through your window..can’t imagine it … can’t imagine it,” said driver Jacqueline McClure, according to KHOU.
She said some people try to avoid the lower deck on I-35.
“I would always take the upper deck, I never go down on the lower deck,” said McClure. “And lately when I go North, cause my daughter lives North, I take Lamar.”
— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) November 24, 2015
It’s become such a serious issue that an ambulance operated by Williamson County EMS was hit by a rock earlier this month, KXAN reported. Officials say the front hood was damaged. Around the same time, an Uber driver was struck by a rock in the same area.