Teens arrested for throwing a sandbag from I-75 overpass overnight

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Four teenagers are being charged with felonious assault after police say they threw a sandbag from an overpass overnight, critically injuring a passenger in a vehicle below.

Toledo police have identified the suspects as 14-year-olds Sean Carter, Demetrius Wimberly and William Parker and Pedro Salinas, 13.

Investigators say the group threw a sand bag from the Indiana Avenue overpass just after 10:00 PM Tuesday, striking a vehicle traveling on I-75 and critically injuring 22-year-old Marquise Byrd of Warren, Michigan.

The Lucas County Juvenile prosecutor says several other vehicles were also hit by objects.

"The information that was given by Toledo police early [Wednesday] morning when I spoke to them, is that the victim is in critical condition and could very well pass away as a result of these injuries," Lori Olender, Lucas county juvenile prosecutor said. "If that does happen then we will be charging all four youth with homicide."

The mother of one of the boys spoke in court, saying her son is a good kid.

"He is a great kid. He goes to school and does what he is supposed to do. He just gets with the wrong crowd sometimes," she said.

The judge ruled that all four teenagers will stay at the Juvenile Justice Center.

"The reason that we asked them to be held today is because the person that is in the hospital will not be home for Christmas which means that these youths should also not be home for Christmas," Olender said.

Byrd was a front seat passenger in the vehicle that was struck, according to TPD. He suffered a head injury, and was rushed to a local hospital.

The teens will be back in court on December 29th.

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