September 2, 2014

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Boy, 4, injured by railroad spike

Three boys charged with tossing objects off Lorain bridge

LORAIN — A 4-year-old Lorain boy suffered minor cuts on his leg after three Lorain boys threw bricks and an iron railroad spike off the East 28th Street overpass Monday, shattering the windows on two passing cars, a Lorain police report and victims said.
The three boys — ages 12, 13 and 14 — were caught by a motorist who witnessed the incident. Police charged the three with juvenile counts of criminal damaging and endangering and criminal mischief and released them to their parents.
“It could have been something much more serious,” said Norma Pared, 37, whose 4-year-old son was hurt when the window of her minivan shattered after it was hit by a railroad spike. “I thank God it didn’t get to the extreme, where my son was hurt too badly.”
Police were called to the East 28th Street railroad overpass around 7 p.m. Monday after a motorist said three juveniles were throwing bricks at passing cars, a police report said.
A 41-year-old man on the scene told police he was driving behind a car near East 28th Street when he saw a boy throw a brick off the overpass and hit the windshield of the car in front of him, the report said.
The man said the three juveniles took off running down the railroad tracks, so he followed them until police arrived. Police arrested the three boys not far from the overpass.
The woman whose car windshield was shattered told police she was driving under the overpass when a brick hit the car, causing her to swerve off the roadway, the report said.
She wasn’t injured, but police then received a second call from dispatchers — telling them Pared was at the station to report damages to her minivan, police said.
Pared said Tuesday that it was a 6-inch iron railroad spike that was thrown through the rear driver-side window.
Pared — who still had the spike in her van Tuesday — said the window was blown completely out, showering her son with glass.  
“It happened so quickly,” Pared said. “I heard it shatter, he started crying, and I didn’t even notice the window was out until later.
“My son is all right, so I just want them to pay for the window,” Pared said.
Contact Shawn Foucher at 329-7197 or sfoucher@chroniclet.com.