Woman’s SUV Window Shattered As She Drives Down Eisenhower

CHICAGO (CBS) — Are roadside vandals trying to pick off cars on the Eisenhower Expressway?

As CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, one woman has a frightening tale to tell after her drive down the expressway Wednesday night.

At 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Holly Tlusty, a 46-year-old mother from two from Downers Grove, pulled off the inbound Eisenhower at Independence Boulevard after she suffered what she is calling the fright of her life.

“There was glass – shattered glass all over the back seat of the vehicle,” she said.

At Kostner Avenue 3/4 miles earlier, her Toyota Sequoia sport-utility vehicle was sprayed with glass after a rear window was shattered.

“I was driving at the speed limit, 55, staying with traffic, when I heard a crash inside my car, and I didn’t know what hit me,” Tlusty said, “and I turned around and I saw shattered glass.”

Police responded to Tlusty’s 911 call, and told her they believed her window had been shot out.

“I thought it was a brick or a gunshot through the window, and it turns out it was shot through my window,” Tlusty said. “The police said that sometimes punk kids hang out in that area, around the Cicero (Avenue) area about a mile before it happened, before the Independence exit, and they’ll just take shots at cars.”

Tlusty said responding officers indicated that it was likely a BB or pellet gun that was involved in the damage to her vehicle. But police News Affairs said Thursday that there is no indication whatsoever that a gun was involved in the incident.

As of midday Thursday, no suspects were in custody and the case remained under investigation.

Just last week, a similar incident infuriated a driver a mile and a half to the east on the Eisenhower.

Wilbert Crosby, 54, of the West Side, was driving down the expressway at Kedzie Avenue around 11 a.m. Sept. 4, when a 12-year-old boy dropped a rock from an overpass and shattered the windshield of his 1996 Chevrolet Astrovan.

Crosby was so angry that he pulled off the expressway, parked his van in the middle of the street, and took the boy to the nearby Harrison District police station, 3151 W. Harrison St.

Told about the latest incident, Crosby said he fears there may be copycats at work.

“After a while people start getting real paranoid about driving on the expressway,” he told CBS 2’s Mike Parker Thursday.

In a West Side gas station along the Ike, driver Faroll Robinson said he now keeps his eyes open.

“Coming up under this overpass here, you got to think about it,” he said.

 Chicago Police say their crime reports don’t suggest that there’s a trend.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Chivi

    My husband is a truck driver. He says that in this same area he gets bricks thrown at his truck by young kids. I always tell him to turn around and call the cops. He says it’s a waste of time because by the time the cops come the kids leave and nothing is done. Where are the cops? Should be under cover instead of waving a flag that says don’t do anything if we’re around. Wait until we leave!! YEP!!

  • Brian

    I drive on the Eisenhower on a daily basis. It really gets me boiled up knowing that the kids, teens, or whoever it is have chosen this as their pastime. I have not seen this happen yet and I hope I never do see it happen to me or any other drivers around me. We (as drivers) spend countless hours a week stuck in the awful traffic on the expressway and now we have to worry about these hoodrats trashing our cars. I don’t care if there is a shiny Bentley or a beat up F150 that is hit with something. These are peoples cars. One manipulation to the road or the driver’s concentration can cause serious damage. A suggestion, state troopers focus on the actual crime, the actual threat to our safety rather than hiding in Oak Brook and catching people going 10-over.

  • Roberta Waker

    If the police know this is a problem area, they should increase patrols with unmarked cars BEFORE an entire family is killed by these thugs. Do the parents even know where their kids are or what they are doing? Ultimately they are responsible for any property damage or medical bills and this can be a VERY expensive wake up call for them. Arrest and prosecute these thugs to the fullest extent of the law NOW.

    • g-man

      The police would love to go out and arrest these little dips “but” the good old storefront reverunds would be protesting about the racial profiling and the news would only cover the reverunds side and not the police side of trying to find the offenders. So that is why the police will not put themselves in the trick bag and risk a law suit that the city will not back them up on.

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