A Michigan man was killed when a sandbag smashed through a windshield.
(WTOL via NNS)
Four teenage boys have been charged with murder after a sandbag thrown over an interstate overpass smashed through a car windshield and crushed a man to kill him days later, police said.
The boys — Pedro Salinas, 13; Sean Carter, 14; Demetrius Wimberly, also 14; and William Parker, 15, are accused of killing Marquise Byrd, who sat in a car on the front passenger seat on Interstate 75 in Toledo, on Dec. 19 when a construction sandbag beaten up by the windshield. The 22-year-old was rushed to the hospital, but died Friday.
“I would appreciate it if [the parents of the boys] would at the very least of my aunt and tell her that they’re sorry,” Byrd’s cousin, Shaveontae King, told the Toledo newspaper, The Blade.
The sandbag was thrown out of the Indiana Avenue overpass at Interstate 75 in Toledo, Ohio.
The teenage boys appeared in court on Wednesday. They were initially charged with the juvenile equivalent of felonious assault.
The police and a prosecutor has said that the four suspects threw other objects from the overpass of the night.
Byrd died of blunt force trauma injuries to the head and neck, according to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.
Byrd, from Michigan, was on his way to meet friends in Toledo when the sandbag hit. He was engaged and had a 1-year-old son, according to The Magazine.
“Young, energetic, extroverted, loving. He had a slight smile,” King said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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