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Woman injured when pumpkin dropped onto Toll Road

November 15, 2018

La PORTE – For the third time in less than a week, someone dropped a pumpkin from an overpass onto the Indiana Toll Road in La Porte on Tuesday, almost killing a passing motorist.

Just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a pumpkin was dropped off the Goldring Road overpass, a couple miles west of La Porte, striking the windshield of a passing car. The driver “narrowly escaped serious injuries,” according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Ted Bohner.

Susan Brown, age 64, of Edwardsburg, Michigan, was driving eastbound on the Toll Road near the 44 mile marker when the pumpkin crashed through the windshield on the driver’s side on her 2018 Chevrolet, Bohner said.

The pumpkin crashed through the windshield and struck Brown, causing her to lose control of the car and crash into a ditch, he said. She suffered only minor injuries.

It was determined that the pumpkin was thrown from the North Goldring Road overpass, about 5 miles east of Michigan City, Bohner said.

“This is the second report of this same type of incident that occurred at this location, and the third in this area since Nov. 7,” he said. All three incidents occurred between 8:44 p.m. and midnight. There were no injuries in the first two incidents.

The exact location of the first incident was not known as the driver whose vehicle was hit drove to the service plaza at Mile Marker 56 before alerting police.

“Throwing objects from an overpass can cause injuries as well as death,” Bohner said. “Anyone caught committing this crime can be charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief, or felony overpass mischief if anyone is injured.”

Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call ISP Trooper Trent Jones at (574) 206-2931.

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