LAKE WYLIE At first, Felicia Russell thought it was an owl. Then she wondered, meterorite?
“Holy cow, what just happened?” she said, reliving the panic felt about 2:30 a.m. June 26 on her way home to Bethelfields subdivision in York from a late night shift at The Gap in Charlotte.
Her tan Honda CRV’s windshield had a hole blown through the center and “there was glass everywhere and on me,” she said.
Then she saw the rock that had landed near her feet.
“I just thank God I didn’t know enough to flinch,” she said. “It was shocking.”
Russell said someone threw the rock, weighing just under 5 pounds, from the tree-lined median in the 13600 block of South Tryon Street between Highway 160 and Shopton Road.
“A passenger would have been hit,” she said, in tears realizing what could have happened had it landed inches to the left in her direction. “I’m always looking for animals, but I didn’t see anybody."
Russell, a mother of two, had forgotten her cell phone at home. She didn’t stop immediately because she was afraid of being attacked, so she drove to the first gas station in Lake Wylie to call 911.
“Odds are not good they’ll catch anyone, but I want other drivers to be aware,” she said. “It could have been worse.”
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Steele Creek Division believes it’s an isolated incident.