Motorist Hauls Boy To Cops After Rock Tossed Into Windshield

Updated 09/04/11 – 9:00 p.m.

CHICAGO (STMW) —An angry motorist walked a 12-year-old boy into a police station after the child allegedly hurled a rock off a nearby West Side overpass, smashing the windshield of the man’s minivan Sunday morning.

“I’m just glad I didn’t get hurt and no one else did,” said the driver, 54-year-old long-time West Side resident Wilbert Crosby.

“It hit my windshield. It’s a good thing it hit the top corner because I could have been killed,” according to Crosby, who said at first he thought he was being shot at.

The incident happened about 11 a.m. as Crosby was behind the wheel of a 1996 Chevrolet Astrovan westbound on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) approaching Kedzie Avenue. He noticed the boy looking over the edge of the overpass before throwing something, according to Harrison District police Lt. John Andrews.

Moments later, a rock hit his windshield and shattered it.

“When that sound hit, first I thought is it a shooting or what — it was really loud,” said Crosby, a guitarist who said he has performed for the White House and the Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien shows.

Crosby said everything happened very quickly.

“I don’t think I had time to be scared, if it was a shooting, I was thinking of getting over and getting down, but it was so quick that I didn’t actually freak out,” Crosby said.

Crosby was “angry enough” to pull off the expressway, leave the minivan in the middle of the street, and escort the boy to the nearby Harrison District station located at Kedzie and Harrison, the lieutenant said.

“The guy got off the expressway and took him by the arm and walked him right into the police station,” said Andrews. “He said: ‘I want you to arrest this young man.'”

While the boy told police he did not do it, his younger sister who was with him at the time, told police that he did, according to the lieutenant.

The boy was charged with vehicular endangerment, a Class 2 felony, and criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor, Chicago Police News Affairs said Sunday evening.

Crosby said to fix the window of the Astrovan it will probably be between $200 and $300.

“I’m going to keep my receipts,” Crosby said. “Hopefully his parents or somebody can reimburse me.”

Crosby, who works with After School Matters, and has two boys and two girls are all in area schools, aged 15 to 24, said he hopes the boy will learn something from the incident.

“I was not about to let him get away with this,’’ said Crosby. “I wanted to explain to him that there are repercussions for the things you do whether it’s good or bad.”

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Drew

    EXCELLENT!!! The driver of the motorist could have been killed and the runaway van could have contributed to other vehicular accidents and injuries/death. The little girl did the right thing by telling the truth, God bless her. Why in God’s name were two small kids hanging out above a freeway overpass without parental supervision in the first place? I say [to CPD] escort the kids home and give their pathetic excuse of a mammy a citation AND a huge fine to boot.

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  • Roberta Waker

    Kudos to the motorist for catching this young man, who could have caused serious injuries or even death to innocent drivers/passengers. Thank you to his little sister, who was brave enough to tell the truth. This boy should pay for the damage he caused to the vehicle and get community service for at least six months. Where were his parents and did they know where he was going and what he was going to do? They should be fined and watched closely by DCFS until they prove they can control their children. It’s a good thing the only damage was to the windshield and there were no injuries – this time.

  • Roberta Waker

    No, I’m NOT part of the problem; the LEGAL SYSTEM and JUDGES are the problem. They coddle these kids because they are “minors” who, in most cases, should be treated like adults and sent to jail. I only said six months because he probably won’t even get that much “time”. IF it was up to ME, he would be sent to jail, do community service when he gets out, his brothers/sisters would be taken away from the parents, who would have to pay for the damages and be fined as well. Unfortunately, it isn’t up to me. I don’t make the laws, nor do I enforce them; that’s up to the judges, most of whom have been out to lunch for a long time. So, please lighten up and have a nice day.

  • Roberta Waker

    Just Axin. By the way, my recommendations for punishment are based on this boy being a repeat offender, which we really don’t know for sure. If this is his first offense and in view of his sister’s honesty; I would still recommend some kind of confinement, community service, and paying for the damages. However, because his sister seems like a good kid, I would investigate the parents and home before taking the children away. Everyone deserves a second chance; let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

    • Nanette L

      I love the way you do an about- face so fast. hahahaha

  • mary ann

    When we lived in Upstate NY a young man threw a rock from an over pass on Hwy. 81 N. The rock hit and shattered the windshield of a car. The driver, a Ft. Drum soldier, was killed. This boy & all the different “systems” involved with him at this point ought to be thanking God there is not a dead husband, father & son from this kid’s reckless act.

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  • chivi

    Sometimes (most times) we can do a better job than a cop without a gun. What a shame.

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