Teenagers sentenced in deadly I-75 sandbag incident
Four Toledo teenagers learned their fate today in a Lucas County Courtroom.
Demetrius Wimberly, Sean Carter, William Parker and Pedro Salinas all pleaded guilty to charges following the death of 22-year-old Marquis Byrd of Warren, Michigan in December. Byrd was killed when a sandbag was dropped from an Indiana Avenue overpass onto Interstate 75 in Toledo and crashed through the windshield of a car. Byrd was a passenger in the vehicle.
The judge sentenced Demetrius Wimberly, Sean Carter and William Parker to the Youth Treatment Center. If they don't follow court orders, the judge said she would sentence them to three years in the Department of Youth Services. Pedro Salinas, the teen who admitted to throwing the sandbag that killed Byrd, was also sentenced to the Youth Treatment Center. The judge says if he doesn't follow court orders, he will be sentenced to the Department of Youth Services until he is 21 years old.
Back in February, two of the teens told the court they were walking from the Port Lawrence apartments headed to the store to buy candy. They walked over the bridge that goes over the I-75 expressway and started throwing rocks.
Sean Carter admitted to dropping a sandbag over the edge and it landed on the side of the road. The boys said Pedro Salinas dropped a second sandbag and they heard a loud crash. The kids ran and bought candy from the store. As they were walking back that's when police stopped them.
All four teens initially pleaded not guilty to dropping a sandbag off the Indiana Avenue overpass onto I-75 on December 19.