Five teenagers from Clio, Michigan have been charged with second-degree murder after a rock they threw off an overpass fatally struck a man. The teens -- Kyle Anger, 17; Mark Sekelsky, 16; Mikadyn Payne, 16; Trevor Gray, 15; and Alexander Miller, 15 -- were throwing large rocks and chunks of concrete at cars travelling on Interstate 75 on Wednesday. Five vehicles were struck, ClickOnDetroit reports. Several pulled off the road after suffering damage to their cars.
Kenneth Andrew White, 32, was travelling in a van when a large, six pound rock came crashing through his windshield. He was sitting in the passenger seat when he was hit. He suffered a skull fracture, brain injury, broken clavicle and a fracture to his facial skeleton, WNEM reports. Not long after, he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
White was a father of four.
"He was a good man and a good father," Amy Cagle, White’s fiance and the child’s mother, told ClickOnDetroit. "He took away a child's father, and the love of my life. [Their] stupid act took away a life."
A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for White's funeral costs.
The five teens are also being charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and six felony counts of malicious destruction of property. They face potential life imprisonment for the second-degree murder charges, the Detroit Free Press reports. All five teens will be charged as adults, Prosecutor David Leyton told WNEM.
“I don’t think this was a deliberate attempt to take somebody’s life. It was a willful and wanton act that resulted in somebody’s death. These people should have known better,” Leyton said. “Under Michigan law that is second-degree murder.”
[Photo: Genesee County Prosecutors Office]