Two 15-year-old boys have been accused of dropping objects from an Interstate 77 overpass onto cars below, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
The teens were arrested this week and charged with five counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of damage to property, authorities said. Investigators said they plan to try the teens as juveniles.
The suspects’ names were not released because they are juveniles.
The incidents were reported about 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Rankin Hill Road overpass, near Barium Springs in southern Iredell County.
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Investigators said they received five reports from motorists who said their vehicles were struck by rocks or concrete dropped from the bridge. All of the vehicles had damage to the roofs or windshields, and deputies said one motorist was injured when her windshield shattered. The victim suffered cuts on her hand and had glass in her eye.
In addition, a Rankin Hill Road resident reported someone had thrown rocks at his house, damaging the siding.
Investigators said Lake Norman High School Resource Officer Gina Cranford received a tip that a student had been telling fellow students about throwing rocks at passing vehicles on I-77. Cranford and Sgt. Brooks Meyer interviewed several students and learned that a 15-year-old who lives on Rankin Hill Road had been bragging about the incident and his involvement.
Meyer eventually interviewed two 15-year-olds – one a student at Lake Norman High, the other at Mooresville High – about the incident. Authorities said the teens admitted their involvement.
Total damage to the vehicles and house was about $5,000, deputies said.