> Someone threw rocks from a freeway overpass
> Driver Ken White, 32, was killed when those rocks smashed through his windshield
> Now 5 Michigan teens are charged with murder
FLINT, Mich. – Five teenagers accused of throwing rocks from a Michigan highway overpass were charged with second-degree murder Monday in the death of a man killed when one of them smashed the windshield of a van in which he was riding.
The rocks thrown last Wednesday struck the van in which Ken White was a passenger as well as several other vehicles on Interstate 75, about 80 miles north of Detroit.
The teens, ages 15 to 17, are being charged as adults.
“I don’t believe that this was a deliberate attempt to take somebody’s life. It was a willful and wanton act that resulted in somebody’s death,” Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said. “These people should have known better. … Under Michigan law, that is second-degree murder.”
The teens also face charges of conspiracy and malicious destruction of property. They’ll appear in court Tuesday.
White, 32, from Mount Morris, was riding home from work around 8:30 p.m. when the van was hit with a 6-pound rock. Sheriff Robert Pickell said at least 20 rocks were found on the interstate, including one that weighed almost 20 pounds. At least four damaged vehicles were on the shoulder in Vienna Township.