Driver Seriously Injured After Rock Smashes Through Windshield; Police Arrest Two Teens

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
April 2, 2019US News
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Driver Seriously Injured After Rock Smashes Through Windshield; Police Arrest Two Teens
A rock was thrown at a car in Burlington, Ky., smashing through a windshield and leaving the driver seriously injured, on March 30, 2019. (Boone County Sheriff's Office)

Two teenagers were arrested in Kentucky after a rock smashed through the windshield of a car being driven by a 64-year-old man.

William Wehner was driving in Burlington late on March 30 when a 5-pound rock flew through the air and shattered his windshield, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.  Wehner was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

A family member told WLWT that the right side of Wehner’s face was severely injured; the impact broke the grandfather’s jaw, cheekbone, and teeth. It also cut a hole into his face.

“He had the wherewithal to actually stop the car and wave down out the window somebody to come help him. He couldn’t find his phone, couldn’t see. The rock had hit right below his right eye and shattered his face,” Wehner’s son-in-law Brenden Oleson said.

Recovery is expected to last months with multiple surgeries.

Last night someone decided to throw a boulder through my dad’s windshield of his car while he was driving home from my…

Meg Oleson 发布于 2019年3月31日周日

“Last night someone decided to throw a boulder through my dad’s windshield of his car while he was driving home from my house. His face is busted and he will spend the next months recovering and surgeries to reconstruct his bones,” said daughter Meg Oleson in a Facebook post.

“I don’t for the life of me understand who would do this to him and I don’t think I have ever been so mad in my life right now. I feel his life was spared, so for that I’m thankful and could have been worse. But what this person did to him is beyond ugly and I sure hope they catch him.”

Oleson said in a statement obtained by Fox 19 that the financial costs for her father’s recovery will be over $100,000.

“What these boys did was attempted murder,” Oleson said. “At age 14 and 15 they are capable of understanding a car coming at you 55 mph and a 5-pound rock, the blunt force will and could be deadly.”

Update: Two juvenile boys – one 14 years old and the other 15 years old, both of Burlington, Kentucky and students at…

Boone County Sheriff's Office, KY 发布于 2019年3月31日周日

The sheriff’s office said on March 31 that two male teenagers, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, were arrested for allegedly throwing the rock.

The juveniles, who were not named, both attend Boone County Alternative Center for Education (A.C.E.) School in Florence, Kentucky.

The 14-year-old was charged with first-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief while the 15-year-old was charged with first-degree complicity to assault and second-degree criminal mischief.

The teens were being held at the Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Newport, Kentucky.

Oleson in her statement called for the juveniles’ parents to face repercussions as well.

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A rock was thrown at a car in Burlington, Ky., smashing through a windshield and leaving the driver seriously injured. (Boone County Sheriff’s Office)

“A mother and fathers job is to raise a responsible and respectful human being and to make sure they are not causing anyone harm, this did not happen,” she said. “They have failed us and they have failed their own children. somehow under our justice system the parents in charge of the minors will get away free of consequence. I hope this can change and all the parties involved will all be held accountable for their actions.”

According to deputies, the rock that was hurled at Wehner’s car was the second reported incident involving a rock being thrown on Saturday.

Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040 or the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at (859) 334-2175.

At least one other rock-throwing incident took place in Cincinnati, according to the Enquirer. Boone County Sheriff’s office spokesman Tom Scheben said that it wasn’t clear if the incidents were related.

Lt. Steve Saunders, spokesman for Cincinnati Police Department, said people should call police anytime they see individuals congregating or hanging out around overpasses.

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