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Objects thrown at vehicles on Robeson highway; woman injured

Posted December 1, 2010 5:06 p.m. EST
Updated December 1, 2010 6:20 p.m. EST

— 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.

"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.”