LaPorte County (11-14-18) -Last evening a driver on the Indiana Toll Road narrowly escaped serious injuries after a pumpkin was thrown from an overpass onto the interstate below. The call came in to Indiana State Police dispatch around 9:35 p.m. reporting that a pumpkin had been thrown from an overpass and came through the windshield of a passing vehicle causing it to crash into the ditch.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Trent Jones shows that Susan Brown, age 64 of Edwardsburg, MI, was driving eastbound on the Indiana Toll Road near the 44 mile marker when an object, determined to be a pumpkin, crashed through the windshield on the driver side on her 2018 Chevrolet, striking her and causing her to crash into a ditch. It was determined that the pumpkin was thrown from the N. Goldring Road overpass. This area is approximately five miles east of the Michigan City exit. Brown reportedly suffered minor injuries.
This is the second report of this same type of incident that occurred at this location and the third in this area since November 7, 2018. All three incidents happened between 8:44 p.m. and midnight.
Throwing objects from an overpass can cause injuries as well as death. Anyone caught committing this crime can be charged with Criminal Mischief, a misdemeanor, or Overpass Mischief, a felony, if the victim sustains injuries.
Anyone that may have information on these cases is encouraged to call Indiana State Trooper Trent Jones at 574-206-2931.