Michigan man tossed sandbag off overpass, injuring driver, cops say

A Michigan man is going through as much as 10 years in jail for hurling a 40-pound sandbag off an overpass that struck a lady’s automotive, severely injuring her, state police mentioned.

David Garcia, 47, of Brighton, was arraigned Wednesday on one depend of throwing objects at trains/vehicles inflicting critical impairment within the late Sunday incident on Interstate 96 in Lyon Township, the place state police mentioned a lady was lucky to outlive after one sandbag smashed by means of her windshield.

“The sufferer was very fortunate she wasn’t extra severely harm or killed,” state police tweeted. “Throwing something on to the freeway from an overpass or the embankment may cause critical harm, accidents or dying. Don’t do it!”

An investigation revealed that Garcia crashed his truck on Interstate 96 close to Previous Plank Highway earlier than leaving his automobile and strolling as much as the close by Previous Plank Highway overpass, which was beneath building, state police mentioned.

Garcia then discovered a number of 40-pound sandbags and “started throwing them” from the overpass in an effort to hit passing automobiles, state police mentioned.

The lady, recognized Friday as Cindy Eckley, was rushed to a hospital with critical accidents. She told HometownLife.com she noticed Garcia on the overpass as she drove to her Livonia residence.

“A cut up second later, I’m like my mouth is filled with grime,” Eckley recalled. “I’m considering that wasn’t a physique he threw. Nevertheless it was large.”

Eckley mentioned the affect left her “completely blind” whereas driving 73 mph earlier than she slammed on the brakes. She then discovered her cellphone and referred to as 911, she mentioned.

A driver suffered 'serious injuries' when man threw 40-pound sandbag from overpass
Michigan State Police

Medical doctors later flushed sand and glass out of Eckley’s eyes, however she managed to flee the incident with no damaged bones, a number of stitches to her proper eyelid and small cuts to her face.

“It felt like I used to be sandblasted,” Eckley advised the outlet. “I don’t know the way I walked away from this. I don’t. I’m amazed. I’m loopy fortunate.”

After tossing the sandbag, state police mentioned Garcia fled the scene and was later picked up by an unsuspecting passerby who drove him again to his residence in Brighton.

Garcia then advised the driving force what simply occurred, prompting the motorist to contact Michigan State Police and provides investigators his location, authorities mentioned.

Garcia was later taken into custody after footprints from the overpass matched his sneakers, state police mentioned.

A choose set Garcia’s bond at $50,000, which he posted and was launched Wednesday. He’s due again in court docket on Oct. 14 for a possible trigger convention, WHMI reported.