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Posted: 12:51 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012
LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. —
Someone threw a large rock through the windshield of a pickup truck as it drove along Highway 321, injuring the passenger.
The victim and his friend were driving on Highway 321 in Lincoln County around 7 p.m. when the rock came crashing through the windshield, hitting the passenger in the stomach.
The driver and passenger live in Brunswick County but came to the area for work.
Eyewitness News showed other drivers pictures of the large rock.
“It's shocking,” Laura Caldwell said. “It's mind-blowing."
“It's very scary to think that something might come through your windshield and hit you,” Mattie Caviness said.
Troopers are now watching for rock-throwers on Highway 321.
“It had to be intentional. There were no other cars around them,” said Lt. Tim Johnson with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
There are no overpasses on the northbound stretch of road near High Shoals where the incident happened.
The driver immediately drove to the hospital and called 911. The passenger has since been treated and released from the hospital.
“It could have hit him in the head,” Johnson said. “We could be working more a homicide than an injury.”
Detectives don’t know who threw the rock or where it came from.
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