NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR News) – Drivers in Nelson County are concerned about rocks being thrown at cars. State police say a woman died when a rock was thrown into her windshield.
A week later the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office says a man reported that rocks were thrown at his car.
The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office is working with State Police to investigate this. It’s an effort residents say they are happy about, but they hope authorities are able to find those responsible before anyone else gets hurt.
“If that’s what they’re doing… to me this is premeditated murder,” said Gary Gregory.
“It wasn’t just a whim or anything like that. Somebody was planning to hurt somebody.”
Gregory lives on Patrick Henry Highway in Nelson County. Last Sunday someone threw a rock into a car and it crashed in front of his house.
“We were just watching tv and we heard like a big thump, and then we heard a double twice as bad thump. So I opened the door and as soon as I opened the door I noticed a car sitting on the road right there.”
He says the car came to a stop across the street from his house. Investigators believe the rock went into the car around Ebony and Ivory Field and the car traveled all the way down and hit a pole.
“The airbags were all deployed and I couldn’t see in the car anyway. But I looked at the windshield and there was blood all over the windshield. There was a big hole down at the bottom. And I hollered a couple of times to ask, ‘can you hear me, can you hear me.’ But I didn’t think so.”
The driver, identified by State Police as Veronica Jones died at the scene.
“It was a shock that she was minding her own business and somebody would do something like this.”
Barry Douglas says he lives down the road and ALSO heard a big crash and a loud boom that night.
“It’s very peculiar, very unheard of. And I want to know who would do something like this,” said Douglas.
“I pass this road every day and I’ve never seen anyone throw a rock and now it has me fearful sometimes. When I come through at nighttime I get a little worried. You don’t know if a rock is going to get thrown at you or when it’s going to get thrown at you. You just don’t know.”
This isn’t the only instance. State Police say another person in Nelson County reported having a rock thrown at them and Gary says he’s heard about even more.
“My Wife’s cousin, somebody threw a rock at his van. I heard about one in Massies Mill where somebody threw a rock at somebody’s grill and it busted a hole in the radiator. And another one in Afton. So they’re getting around,” Gregory said.
Anyone with any information about this or any similar situation is asked to contact either the Nelson County Sheriff’s office or the Virginia State Police at 434-352-7128.