Kenneth Andrew White Michigan passenger killed by rock thrown from overpass: What led to a group of teens throwing rocks at oncoming traffic?
The father of four was on his way home from a construction job, when a large rock struck him on the head. At the time, White had been sitting in the passenger seat as the vehicle he was traveling in was making its way along Interstate 75.
The tragedy occurred with Kenneth White less than ten minutes away from home.
The Genesse County Sheriff’s Office determined the rock striking White after a group of teenagers had thrown the heavy object from an overpass against oncoming traffic.
Despite being rushed to Hurley Medical Center, White was pronounced dead.
Officers said the incident happened just before 8.30pm on Wednesday near the Dodge Road overpass in Vienna Township, which is about 16 miles from Flint.
Photos of the scene show a gaping hole in the windshield of a white van with a ladder fastened on top.
Two large rocks were also found on the highway.
Kenneth Andrew White death: Thrown rocks were as big as volleyballs and weighed 60 pounds.
According to MLive, there were four other vehicles that reported hitting other large rocks on the highway.
One of those individuals was Jim Schultz who shared photos of his vehicle on Facebook, along with the rock that he hit while driving.
‘Someone threw boulders off the overpass and I saw two come down and ran over one,’ Schultz wrote.
Adding, ‘But the tragic thing was a van behind me had a boulder come through the window and kill the passenger.’
Female driver, India Reeves whose tire blew out after striking one of up to seven rocks thrown rocks, demanded to know, ‘why would someone want to hurt an innocent person?’
Police said they believe that the rocks, some the size of a volleyball and weighing from 40- 60 pounds may have been taken from another location and thrown off the overpass.
Kenneth Andrew White death: ‘They were playing Russian Roulette with other people’s lives’
Relaying the agony of White’s death, Donald White, Kenneth White’s uncle told of speaking to the co-worker who’d been driving, ‘Put the doctor on the phone and said we did everything… we did everything we could for him and he died.’
Adding, ‘You’re playing Russian roulette with people’s lives.’
Authorities said several teens believed to be connected to the incident are now in custody.
WXYZ reported police saying the teens threw the rocks as part of a prank. Authorities did not release any more information.
The incident is being investigated as a potential homicide.
Told White’s sister-in-law, Kristina Cagle via fox2detroit, ‘What were they thinking?’
‘These kids … Couldn’t they just go skip rocks on the river or something instead of doing something so senseless. They took away somebody’s father, somebody’s son, and we’re never going to get that back,’ Cagle reiterated. ‘Because of a joke. Because of some kind of prank gone wrong or whatever. It’s no laughing matter. Nobody’s laughing.’
A GoFundMe account was set up for White’s family to help with his burial. Kenneth White’s youngest child is five years old.
As of Friday evening, EST, $13.7K of a $19,000 goal had been donated.
There is also a $2,500 reward and tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-5244.