OH teens face murder charges after tossed sandbag kills man on highway

Rosalie Gross
December 28, 2017

Authorities in Toledo, Ohio, have charged four boys with murder after a sandbag they allegedly dropped from an interstate overpass killed a passenger in a auto.

Police said Marquise Byrd, of Warren, was a passenger in the front seat of his friend's vehicle on December 19 when a sandbag went through the windshield.

The driver who was not badly injured frantically called 911 when the incident happened.

Toledo police said Byrd was struck by a construction sandbag that crashed through the windshield of the auto in which he was a front seat passenger as it traveled through Toledo on Interstate 75. "I think this windshield may have smacked his head", she said.

You can listen to the recording here. They found the vehicle on the side of the interstate and Byrd suffering from a head injury.

Four boys, three of them 14 years old and one 13, were taken into custody not far from the overpass.

The loved ones of Marquise Byrd grieve his tragic killing as they prepare for a series of court cases to come.

"Detectives determined the falling sandbag was not an accident, but a deliberate act and probable cause to charge the juveniles was established", the Toledo Police Department said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

The suspects, who have not been identified due to their ages, are now being held without bail at the Lucas Juvenile Justice Center. He was engaged and had a 1-year-old son, according to the paper. She said she did not wish to put Mr. Byrd's family through the court case with no chance of success.

"My auntie has to bury her son".

Olender said a second auto was damaged in the incident, so the teens each face two counts of vehicular vandalism. "He's gone. He's never coming back", Ms. King said.

They were charged with felonious assault, but now face murder charges after Byrd's passing.

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