Railroad spikes dropped from overpass onto moving traffic in west Columbus

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For the second time in a week, Columbus police are looking for those responsible for dropping dangerous objects from bridges onto moving traffic.

According to police, a woman’s vehicle was struck by a rock as she traveled on I-270 near Georgesville Road, last Monday.

The woman told NBC4 that the rock broke her windshield and hit her in the chest while she was driving, but she was uninjured.

Over the weekend, police responded to the area of North Central Avenue, near McKinley Avenue, where a man said a group of children dropped several railroad spikes from a bridge, onto his vehicle and shattered the windshield.

Zach Smith and his 9-year-old daughter, who was also in the vehicle, were not hurt.

“It happened fast and I thought the world had ended for a second,” Smith said. “It’s something that shouldn’t happen, not in today’s world.”

According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, those who drop objects onto moving traffic could be charged and convicted for felonious assault or attempted murder.

A conviction on those charges would result in prison sentences of up to eight and 11 years, respectively.

“It’s just a terrible, high-risk act to do with serious consequences,” said O’Brien.

Smith said he will now pay more attention as he passes under bridges, but he does have a message for the children he saw dropping the stakes onto his car.

“Just don’t do it,” he said. “It’s not worth taking someone else’s life, and then you’re going to have to spend your life somewhere you don’t want to be.”

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