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Objects thrown at vehicles on Robeson highway; woman injured

Posted December 1, 2010

— Rocks, asphalt and bricks were thrown at eight vehicles on a Robeson County highway over the Thanksgiving weekend, authorities said Wednesday.

The incidents occurred near the Cabinet Shop Road bridge over U.S. Highway 74 late Thursday and early Friday, authorities said. Drivers also reported seeing people throwing things from the median and the embankment.

"I was terrified for a couple of days. It took me a while just to get myself together," said Dominique Childs, who was hit in the chest by a brick that was hurled through the windshield of the Chevrolet Aveo in which she was riding.

Childs, 32, said she and her sister were returning to Lumberton from a family Thanksgiving in Laurinburg when the brick came through the windshield at about 4 a.m. Friday.

"Everything was doing all right. We had a blessed Thanksgiving," she said.

When the brick hit Childs, she said, she slumped over, and her sister let go of the steering wheel to check on her.

Woman hurt when brick thrown at car on highway Woman hurt when brick thrown at car on highway

"I was, like, 'Nah, nah, nah,' and I grabbed (the wheel) to keep the car from going off the highway," Childs said.

The sisters called 911 as they drove to a nearby hospital.

"I was hurt pretty bad. It knocked the wind out of me, and all of (one) side (of my chest) was swollen," Childs said. "II had, like, glass in my mouth (and) in my eyes."

Robeson County deputies said they have no suspects in the crimes, which caused thousands of dollars in damage to the vehicles.

"I just think it was some idiots who need to grow up and get a life, get a job," Childs said. “I feel like, whoever did it, they need to lock them up, put them away and put them in a mental ward.”


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  • danunger Dec 2, 2010

    joekathy: I agree about the not being armed, if I survived the stone, they would know exactly who the perp was.

    This happened in Germany some years back, American kids threw bricks from an overpass, they did time in a German jail, had some people killed and injured. Their lawyer said "they didn't mean to kill anyone". Lets see, car at speed, brick coming through windshield at 70mph = dead passenger or driver or worse, other cars involved. Find them and jail them as adults, regardless of age.

  • peppercorns Dec 2, 2010

    Find these kids and throw their behinds in jail!!!! IT is attemped murder and they should be punished. Someone knows who they are....

  • FromClayton Dec 2, 2010

    i look up at every bridge i drive under for this reason. Crazy I know, but I really dont want to die this way. Find the kids that did this and lock them up. When the 911 calls come in, put it at the highest priority and catch them before they get away next time! They are probably on foot so it shouldnt be to hard.

  • working for deadbeats Dec 1, 2010

    batcave has it right! Attempted murder fits this perfectly.

  • mikeyj Dec 1, 2010

    This trash was happening in Long Island NY back in the early 70's. Pedestrian crosswalk bridges were becomeing popular over the parkways and LIE. Then it was bowlingballs. Cities started to totally encage the crossovers. I think of this everytime I cross under bridges just about to being paranoid. People are stupid.

  • joekathyjoekathy Dec 1, 2010

    One day about 15 years ago, I was driving home on a major interstate an all of a sudden full beer cans we being propelled down the highway at me, due to some fools playing road rage ahead of me. I did make contact with one of the drivers of course no plates etc... Im fortunate I was not armed at the time. or rather they are fortunate.

  • rowes42 Dec 1, 2010

    Dear Fellow Readers: Unfortunately,this type of criminal and destructive behavior has been occuring for years! I can recall a incident from as far back as the 1980's. This act of destruction not only causes property damage, it also causes physical damage to the victims that sometimes is unrepairable (one such incident caused brain damage to a teenage, who was a passenger). I urge any citizen, who has seen or heard of this type of illegal behavior to report it immediately. And another factor in this type of destructive behavior, the assailants are usually white males (14 - 18 years of age)from middle to upper class households. This act of cowardly and terriost behavior against innnocent persons and their community should not go unpunished.

  • finesse187 Dec 1, 2010

    This is insane!!! Something like this happened a couple of years ago and if my memory is correct someone died. Childish and immature. Glad the people involved are okay. People just don't think anymore!!

  • batcave Dec 1, 2010

    charge them with attempted murder.

  • mulecitybabe Dec 1, 2010

    Put a rope around their necks and push them off the overpass. They could have killed somebody, as I'm certain they were aware. They just didn't care.