2009-07-09 / News

Rock thrown through reporter’s windshield on Route 138

A rock seriously damaged reporter Eileen Daly’s car window after it was thrown from an overpass on Route 138 westbound. A rock seriously damaged reporter Eileen Daly’s car window after it was thrown from an overpass on Route 138 westbound. A Jamestown Press reporter had her vehicle windshield smashed last week, after a teenager apparently threw a rock at her moving car from a cliff overlooking Route 138 in North Kingstown.

Here is the account of reporter Eileen Daly:

“Last Friday afternoon while traveling west on route 138 between the Route 1A and Route 1 exits my windshield suddenly exploded. Unable to determine what had caused the break I pulled into the breakdown lane to assess the situation. From the corner of my eye, I caught a brief flash of bright red from high above the highway on the cliff ledge. Horrifi ed, I watched as the young man in a bright red shirt continued to rear back and pitch several more large rocks down onto unsuspecting motorists. One of those rocks slammed into the passenger side of another vehicle.

Daly continued “I dialed 9-1-1, then while awaiting the arrival of police, shouted, ‘Stop that!’ at the rock thrower who promptly took off into the woods. Police attempted to locate this individual, but were unsuccessful. ‘There are a mass of trails up there that go from Route 1 all the way to Ten Rod Road,’ the responding offi- cer said.

Later, I discovered the rock had penetrated my windshield and come to rest on the back passenger seat.”

The reporter was not injured in the incident.

According to the police reports, a second motorist filed a complaint after his car was struck on the passenger side door by a boy wearing a red shirt. The offender appeared to be a slim white teenager with light colored hair and wearing a bright red shirt.

As of press time, he had not been apprehended according to the North Kingstown Police Department. Anyone who has information related to this crime or who observes any activity on the cliff ledge should immediately contact the North Kingstown Police Department at 294-3311 or the State Police at 294-3371, North Kingstown Police Captain Thomas Mulligan said.

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