Another windshield smashed by brick

July 8, 2008 4:04:16 PM PDT
Another potentially deadly brick-throwing incident happened in New Jersey Monday.The brick was tossed through the window of a car on Route 22 in Hillside, the latest in a string of such happenings on that highway.

Police say as many as 30 incidents have been reported in recent weeks.

The driver, heading east, was reportedly not injured when the projectile crashed into the car shortly before 7 p.m. Luckily, the driver was able to avoid crashing, police said.

This latest brick toss continues a trend, which is a new twist on an old and dangerous prank. In the past, the rocks would be tossed from an overpass. But in this case, detectives believe they are being thrown from an oncoming car.

Some injuries have been reported in the incidents. Some required stitches, but amazingly, no one has been killed.

"If you have two cars traveling 50 miles an hour, that's 100 miles an hour coming through your windshield," Hillside Detective Lieutenant Matthew Ross said. "So we're asking the public to keep a lookout, and if they see anything suspicious, to give us a call. Because it's going to take all this help in order to catch whoever is doing this."

Police believe the objects are being tossed from the road because, in one instance, the brick went through the front windshield and out the back. They say they have also found similar bricks littered along the westbound side of the highway.

Police are hoping to make some arrests before anyone else is injured.