Veteran impaled by stolen tripod placed on a highway in California

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A California veteran to drive passenger in a car, was seriously injured Thursday after a yellow and red tripod was destroyed by the windshield and impaled his lungs, authorities said.

The tripod was stolen from a California Department of Transportation of the crew and dropped off an overpass on Interstate 5 around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.

A stolen tripod smashed through the glass of one of last Thursday, injuring a passenger, authorities said.

Tim Page, the driver, told KCRA-TV he was on Interstate 5 when the tripod broke through the windshield. He said that it went through his passenger lungs and shot out. The passenger survived.

Matthew Adam Thompson is suspected of having had a tripod over an Interstate 5 overpass last Thursday, impaling an oncoming passenger, authorities said.

The suspect, who authorities have identified as the 32-year-old Matthew Adam Thompson, was arrested on an active warrant and resisting an officer, KCRA-TV reported. California Highway Patrol is pursuing an attempted murder charge, according to the report.


Page volunteers with El Dorado Veteran Resources and had picked up his passenger from the airport. No further details were released on the veteran’s condition.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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