Motorists avoid injury after objects thrown

One car’s window was shattered while a baby sat in a car seat.


Published: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 9:31 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 12:34 a.m.

Two motorists avoided serious injury Sunday when someone threw objects at their vehicles, in one case shattering the rear window of a car carrying a baby in a car seat, according to Alachua County deputies.

“We suspect the same juveniles were involved in both incidents,” sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard said.

The first incident was reported around 9:15 p.m. in the 9800 block of Southwest 32nd Lane. A driver told deputies that someone hit his car with a heavy object. He got out and chased what he described as a small group of youngsters. The man recovered a bicycle one of the suspects apparently had been riding — a black 18-speed.

The other incident was reported at 10:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Northwest 75th Street. The back window of a 2009 four-door Nissan Sentra was shattered when it was hit by an unidentified object, deputies said. The baby in the backseat escaped injury.

“These were both life-threatening scenarios,” Maynard said. “There have been fatalities when objects are thrown at cars.”

Anyone with information about the incidents may call the Sheriff’s Office at 955-1818 or Crime Stopped at 372-STOP (7867).

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