Archive for Monday, June 6, 1994


June 6, 1994


Authorities are investigating another incident of rock throwing on the Kansas Turnpike. This time, a driver was injured.

Authorities are investigating a report in which a woman received minor injuries after someone threw a rock at her moving vehicle early Sunday on the Kansas Turnpike.

The woman, whose name was not available, suffered cuts on her hands after her windshield was broken about 1:08 a.m. Sunday about 11 miles east of Lawrence, a turnpike trooper said. She declined medical attention.

Master Trooper Mike Hover said authorities questioned four juveniles shortly after the incident. The juveniles were contacted in North Lawrence after officials from the Union Pacific Railroad reported someone was throwing rocks at passing trains, Hover said.

He said authorities do not believe the juveniles contacted were responsible for throwing rocks either at trains or cars.

"Reportedly, they were not the rock throwers but they may know the ones who were," he said. "We haven't contacted them (the possible suspects) yet, so we don't know for sure."

The incident follows at least 20 reports of people throwing rocks from turnpike overpasses and bridges onto moving vehicles between Lawrence and Topeka on May 7.

Hover said troopers this weekend received about six reports of juveniles near bridges and overpasses, at various points along the turnpike, but the incident east of Lawrence was the only incident in which objects reportedly were thrown.

He said authorities aren't sure if the incidents last month and this weekend are related.

The turnpike is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the May 7 rock-throwing incidents.

Authorities have repeatedly stressed the danger of throwing a rock from a bridge or overpass at a moving vehicle. A large rock could kill or seriously injure drivers or passengers in a fast-moving vehicle.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the KTA and ask for Hover or leave a message. People may call 843-5826, in Lawrence, and dial extension 2202 when the automated operator answers.

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