Four teens charged with murder in death of man hit by sandbag

30 December, 2017, 03:51 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • The car Marquise Byrd was in when a sandbag came through the window

The bag landed on a vehicle, crashed through the windshield and critically injured the front passenger, Marquise Byrd, of Warren, Michigan. The 22-year-old suffered blunt-force trauma to his head and neck, and later died as a result of his injuries.

The boys, ages 13 to 15, appeared in juvenile court Wednesday in Toledo where they entered denial pleas to the murder charges.

Four teenagers are facing murder charges in the death of a MI man, who was hit by a sandbag tossed off an I-75 overpass in Toledo.

Byrd, who sustained a serious head injury, was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital.

"Detectives determined the falling sandbag was not an accident, but a deliberate act", police said in a statement.

According to the newspaper, the prosecutor's office said the vehicular vandalism charge was added against the boys after rocks struck a second vehicle.

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HuffPost is not identifying the defendants because they have been charged in juvenile court. Byrd's friend, who was behind the wheel, was frantic as she called for help on the side of the freeway.

The fatal incident happened Tuesday night on Interstate 75 in Toledo.

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"I don't know what happened", the woman told the dispatcher.

The incident is similar to the October 18 death of Kenneth (Kenny) White, who was killed after being hit by a rock that a group of teens threw off an I-75 overpass in Flint. "I was driving underneath a bridge and something just hit my vehicle... It hit my friend, and he is not moving", the caller said. "The main thing we want is for them (the teens) to stay in custody during this process and that we have the highest charge possible". They are all being held without bail at the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center in Toledo.

Byrd was recently engaged and had a one-year-old son. The father of four was riding in the passenger's seat of his friend's truck when the rock crashed through the windshield.

The teens in that case have pleaded not guilty.

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