911 call in I-75 sandbag toss: 'My friend ... he's not moving'

James David Dickson, and Sarah Rahal
The Blade

Toledo, Ohio – Police have released a recording of a 911 call from an incident that critically injured a 22-year-old Michigan man by a sandbag tossed over an interstate overpass on Tuesday.

Ohio police Thursday charged four teens accused of tossing a sandbag over an overpass, critically injuring Marquise Byrd of Warren.

Byrd was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle headed south on Interstate 75, near Indiana Street, when a sandbag crashed through the windshield of the vehicle as it went under an overpass, hitting Byrd but not the driver.

In the 911 call, the driver, who says her name is Armani, panics when she doesn't see her friend move. "I don't know what happened, my friend ... I don't know what happened, he's not moving," she said.

"I was just driving underneath the bridge and something hit my car ... I think this windshield may have smacked his head," she said.

When officers arrived, Byrd “was suffering from a head injury,” a statement on the incident said.

Four teenagers are accused of throwing the sandbag and other items off the overpass face charges of felonious assault. They are: Pedro Salinas, 13; Sean Carter, 14; Demetrius Wimberly, 14; and William Parker, 14.

Byrd was treated at the scene and transported to Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center with a head injury and remains in critical condition.

This is the second such incident of teens throwing objects from an overpass and injuring motorists or passengers in as many months. Five Clio youths, ages 15-17, were arrested in October for allegedly dropping a rock from a highway overpass that killed a vehicle passenger.

Charged as adults, they face up to life in prison on charges of second-degree murder.