Driver suffers ‘serious injuries’ after man throws 40-pound sandbag from Michigan Overpass

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A man has been charged after a motorist was seriously injured by a sandbag tossed from a southeastern Michigan freeway overpass, according to reports. David Garcia, 41, of Brighton was arraigned Wednesday on felony throwing objects at trains/cars causing serious impairment, WHMI-FM reported. David Garcia, 41, of Brighton was arraigned Wednesday on […]

A man has been charged after a motorist was seriously injured by a sandbag tossed from a southeastern Michigan freeway overpass, according to reports.

David Garcia, 41, of Brighton was arraigned Wednesday on felony throwing objects at trains/cars causing serious impairment, WHMI-FM reported.

David Garcia, 41, of Brighton was arraigned Wednesday on felony throwing objects at trains/cars causing serious impairment. (OAKLAND COUNTY SHERIFF)

David Garcia, 41, of Brighton was arraigned Wednesday on felony throwing objects at trains/cars causing serious impairment. (OAKLAND COUNTY SHERIFF)

State police said an investigation shows 40-pound sandbags were thrown late Sunday night onto Interstate 96 in Lyon Township, about 39 miles northwest of Detroit.

One of the bags struck the windshield of a passing vehicle, injuring the woman who was driving. She had to be hospitalized. The extent of her injuries and condition were not immediately available Thursday.

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The Michigan State Police detailed the incident in a series of tweets.

“The victim was very lucky she wasn’t more seriously hurt or killed,” they tweeted alongside two photos of the woman’s damaged vehicle. “Throwing anything on to the freeway from an overpass or the embankment can cause serious damage, injuries or death. Don’t do it!”

Police said Garcia’s truck had crashed near the overpass before the sandbags were thrown onto the freeway.

Garcia was given a $50,000 bond. A probable cause conference has been scheduled for Oct. 14.

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