Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Rock hits driver; boy charged

The Associated Press

        SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A 15-year-old boy was in a detention center Tuesday, accused of throwing a large rock off an overpass and seriously injuring a driver.

        The Rev. Johannes Christian, 50, of Columbus was in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, with severe facial injuries. His car was hit by a cannonball-size rock as he drove on Interstate 70 at 1:15 a.m. Monday.

        A teen-ager who lives in the area was charged Monday night with two counts of felonious assault and one count of felony vandalism, authorities reported.

        The boy's father said the teen had never been in trouble.

        “He's just a regular 15-year-old kid,” the father said.

        Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said two rocks were thrown from an overpass. One of them, weighing 5 to 7 pounds, smashed the windshield and hit the Rev. Mr. Christian in the face, he said.

        “This was not a prank. This was a crime,” Sheriff Kelly said. “Even a 3-year-old knows you don't do anything like this.”


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