Michigan man injured by sandbag thrown from Ohio overpass

  • Marquise Byrd, 22, is in critical condition after sustaining a severe head injury
  • Byrd was a passenger in a car traveling on Interstate 75 in Toledo when police say four boys, ages 13 and 14, threw the bag 
  • All four were arrested on charges of felonious assault, which could be upgraded to homicide if Byrd succumbs to his injuries   

A Michigan man is fighting for his life after police in Ohio say four teenager hurled a sandbag from an interstate overpass on Tuesday night. 

Marquise Byrd, 22, of Warren, Michigan, was a front-seat passenger in a southbound vehicle on Interstate 75 that was struck by the sandbag near the Indiana Street overpass in Toledo at around 10pm. 

According to police, the sandbag crashed through the vehicle’s windshield, striking Byrd. He was treated at the scene and transported to Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center in critical condition with a head injury.

The driver of the targeted vehicle did not appear to have been injured.

The four arrested suspects include a 13-year-old and three 14-year-olds. Each boy was charged with felonious assault and taken to the Lucas County Juvenile Detention Center.

Juvenile deputy prosecutor Lori Olender says she was told by police Byrd could die from his injuries.

Olender tells The Toledo Blade that in the event of the victim’s passing, the state will upgrade the charges against the four teens to homicide.

In neighboring Michigan, where Marquise Byrd is from, five teenagers were charged with second-degree murder in October for allegedly throwing a 6-pound rock from an overpass, which ended up killing 32-year-old Kenneth White. 


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