An 18-year-old driver says she feels lucky to have escaped serious injury after a yob threw a brick off a bridge and shattered her car windscreen.
Codie Read was driving along the A45 Daventry bypass on Monday at midday when a large stone was thrown off a bridge towards her Vauxhall Corsa, which was travelling at 50mph.
The force of the impact shattered the windscreen and dented the roof.
Fortunately, Ms Read, who was on her way home to a village in Warwickshire after visiting her boyfriend in Northampton, was able to bring the car safely to a stop so she could assess the damage.
Ms Read, who passed her driving test last year, said: “The impact could have knocked me out. It’s just a really silly thing to do and could have had really bad consequences.
“I could easily have swerved into the path of another car and killed someone or killed myself.”
Codie believes that she saw a group of young men wearing hooded tops on the bridge shortly before the stone hit her car.
Codie’s dad, Keith Read, a retired motoring journalist who spent his whole career promoting road safety, said he thought the consequences of the stone-throwing could become much more serious if it continues.
He said: “It doesn’t bear thinking about what could happen if an object dropped from a bridge penetrated the screen and struck an occupant. It has happened in the past and occupants have been killed.
“I’m also fearful that a driver could lose control and collide with an on-coming vehicle resulting in untold carnage. If a parent has any suspicion that their son or daughter is engaging in this potentially fatal practice, they must take action. Police forensic evidence could well see their child facing serious charges including manslaughter.”
The incident happened at the A361 Badby Road bridge and police are appealing for witnesses to the incident or anyone with any information to contact them on 101.