Rock throwing victim to kids: Stick to ringing doorbells

By: Sara Shookman Email
By: Sara Shookman Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Some might think of rock throwing as a simple prank, but it's been deadly in East Tennessee before.

A couple of kids decided it would be fun to throw rocks, even an ax off an overpass along the James White Parkway.

"The closer I got, the clearer it became that they were staring me down," said Thomas Fraser, whose truck was hit by the rock.

Knoxville police say an 11-year-old and 12-year-old skipped school.

Thomas Fraser had just gotten on the James White Parkway, on his way to work. He says he saw two heads bobbing up above the roadway. Seconds later, a rock came crashing down.

"One of them threw an ax. Luckily, that that did not hit the vehicle, the rock did," he said.

"I saw him wind up and I heard the bang." It slammed into his windshield, cracking it.

"Naturally, it freaked me out right away. So I pulled off the road immediately and just dialed 9-1-1, out of breath, scared," said Fraser.

He turned back to look for the kids, but they were gone. Police found them about a half hour later.

"They think its funny. They don't realize that there's a real person just a foot and half behind that window."

Now Fraser has to replace his windshield, just weeks fixing the hail damage from last April.

"And then boom this happens, but I'm glad to be living, praise the Lord."

If boys will be boys, he's got a word for these two:

"Stick to ringing doorbells, and you know, throwing an egg or something that Halloween," said Fraser. "Don't throw rocks."

"Even if you're not aiming at a speeding car, rocks hurt. And you could damage somebody and you'd have to live with that the rest of your life."

The two boys face reckless endangerment, vandalism and truancy charges.

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