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Kentucky Teens Accused Of Throwing Rock Through Motorist’s Windshield, Causing Serious Injuries

"This is NOT assault. This is attempted murder,” victim William Wehner's daughter said of the incident.

By Ethan Harfenist

Two Kentucky teenagers have been charged for allegedly throwing rocks at cars, one of which seriously injured a motorist over the weekend.

On March 30 at around 10:30 p.m. William Wehner, 64, suffered facial injuries after a large rock flew through his windshield in Burlington, according to the Boone County Sheriff, which added that “this was the second reported incident of the evening in the area.”

"The rock actually came through the windshield and, they believe, bounced off the dashboard, came up and hit him and got him on the right side of his face, just missed his eye," William's brother, Randy Wehner, told WCPO.

Police said that William was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

Two teens, aged 14 and 15, were charged in connection to the incidents, according to the sheriff’s office.

The 14-year-old was charged with first-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief for his alleged part in injuring William. The other teen, meanwhile, was charged with first-degree complicity to assault for his alleged involvement in the injury and second-degree criminal mischief in connection to the first rock-throwing incident.

Maj. Tom Scheben, of the Boone County Sheriff's Office, said the teens were seemingly bored while having a sleepover.


"Doesn't surprise me that they are juveniles," he said, as quoted by WCPO. "Hopefully when they get a little bit older than 14 or 15, they're seeing that this is not a great idea."

William’s daughter, Meg Oleson, had strong words for the teenagers.

“At age 14 and 15 they are capable of understanding a car coming at you 55 mph and a 5-lb rock, the blunt force will/could be deadly,” she said in a statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “One inch higher and they would have murdered my father. Luckily his face and cheekbones took the blow and now his brain. This is NOT assault. This is attempted murder.”

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