Death on the Highway: 4 Teens Charged With Murder After Throwing Sandbag From Overpass

TOLEDO, OH — Four teens have been charged with murder after a sandbag they allegedly dropped from an interstate overpass killed a passenger in a car.

Authorities say the male suspects — three 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old — threw sandbags and other objects onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 on December 19.

One of the bags crashed through the window of a car traveling below and hit Marquise Byrd on the head. Byrd, 22, later died from resulting injuries.

In a 911 call, the terrified driver of the car said that something had crashed into her windshield and hit her friend. Calling 911, she said:

I don’t know what happened! My friend, I don’t know what happened, he’s not moving! Something hit my car. And hit my friend. And he is not moving!

Byrd reportedly died due to severe head injuries, and the death was ruled a homicide.
Olender, deputy chief of the juvenile division of the Lucas County prosecutor’s office, said the teens hit a second car, but no one was injured in that incident.

The prosecutor has stated that she does not plan to charge the suspects, who reportedly have no criminal records, as adults. The suspects were denied bail, and prosecutors have stated that the case will likely remain in juvenile court.

The suspects have not been identified because they are minors. At a detention hearing last week, the suspects denied the allegations against them, according to The Blade.

According to Byrd’s family members, he was engaged to be married and the father of a two-year-old son.

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Main photo:  Marquise Byrd [CBS News (screenshot)]



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