Driver throws rocks at passing vehicles in Grayson County

Several North Texas drivers are telling similar frightening stories of being hit with rocks or something else, even targeting a school bus full of students.

Seven vehicles have been hit in Grayson County between Whitewright and Van Alstyne. Fortunately, none of the drivers or passengers was seriously hurt.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office says whoever was tossing something at oncoming cars may have been playing around, but they are not.

Philip Guthrie says it was no random rock that hit his truck’s windshield Tuesday night.

"It sounded like a shotgun,” he recalled.

Guthrie says whatever it was, a rock or possibly a golf ball, came from a pickup truck that passed him going the other way on FM 121 just outside of Van Alstyne. He was headed east toward Whitewright. So was 17-year-old Dylan Pitt, whose windshield was hit next.

"I couldn't really tell because as soon as it happened glass went all in my eye,” Pitt said.

Grayson County sheriff’s detectives say a total of seven vehicles were hit by something thrown from that pickup truck. It all happened within a two- or three-mile stretch between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

That includes a Whitewright ISD school bus that was headed home from a volleyball game in Van Alstyne. The windshield was damaged, but no one on the bus was injured.

“When you pass somebody and you're both doing the same speed — if you're going 60, that's 120 miles an hour something's hitting your windshield,” Guthrie said.

Several victims posted pictures of the damage on Facebook. Guthrie says he and others could have been hurt or even killed.

"I just turned around to see if I could at least get a license plate number or something like that,” Guthrie recalled. “They were driving awful quick."

Investigators say the charge for whoever did it would be simple criminal mischief or even a felony.

“They could be charged with the full value of all of the property damage as one continuous criminal episode,” said Grayson County Capt. Sarah Bigham. “So all of that counts as one event, so it enhances the charge."

"Makes me mad that someone would actually do that and damage someone else's property like that,” Pitt said.

There was not a good description of the pickup. It was dark. All that the victims saw were its headlights and shape as it passed by.

Sheriff's detectives say not only do they want to hear from others who may have had damage to their vehicles, but also anyone who may know who did it.                 

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