State police says that a Michigan man is facing up to 10 years in prison for tossing a 40 pound sandbag off an overpass that struck a woman’s car which caused her serious injuries.
The 47 year old David Garcia of Brighton was accused on Wednesday for throwing objects at trains/cars causing serious impairment in the late Sunday incident on Interstate 96 in Lyon Township, where the police said that the woman was fortunate enough to survive the incident after one sandbag smashed through her windshield.
The state police tweeted, “The victim was very lucky she wasn’t more seriously hurt or killed. Throwing anything on to the freeway from an overpass or the embankment can cause serious damage, injuries or death. Don’t do it!”
The investigation revealed that the man had crashed his truck and before leaving his vehicle he walked up to the nearby Old Plank Road overpass which was under construction. He began throwing several sandbags from the overpass in an effort to hit the passing vehicles.
The woman was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. She said that it left her totally blinded while driving at 73 mph before she slammed on the brakes and then found her cell phone and called 911.
Doctors removed sand and glass out of her eyes and had no broken bones. She got several stitches to her right eyelid and small cuts to her face.
The woman, identified Friday as Cindy Eckley said, “A split second later, I’m like my mouth is full of dirt. I’m thinking that wasn’t a body he threw. But it was big. “It felt like I was sandblasted. I don’t know how I walked away from this. I don’t. I’m amazed. I’m crazy lucky.”
After his footprints matched from the incident he was taken into custody. A judge set his bond at $50,000which he posted and was released on Wednesday. He will be back on October 14 for a probable cause conference.