Five Michigan teenagers who threw a rock off an overpass, killing a father who was on his way home from work, have been charged with second-degree murder.
Kyle Anger, 17, Alexander Miller, 15, Mark Sekelsky, 16, Mikadyn Payne, 16, and Trevor Gray, 15, will be charged as adults after allegedly throwing several rocks onto Interstate 75 last Wednesday as a prank.
Kenneth White, 32, was riding in the passenger seat of a car and on his way home from work when a six-pound rock fell through the windshield of the vehicle and hit him.
Police said at least 20 other rocks were found on the interstate. Four other vehicles were reportedly damaged.
"I don't believe that this was a deliberate attempt to take somebody's life. It was a willful and wanton act that resulted in somebody's death," Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said. "These people should have known better. ... Under Michigan law, that is second-degree murder."
The teens allegedly “drove to a McDonald's where they ate,” after the incident, police noted.
White was reportedly 10 minutes from home on his two-hour commute when he was hit.
"Nobody wins," Sheriff Robert Pickell said. "The young people are charged criminally. A young boy lost his father, and all of the families are left grieving."
The teens are also charged with conspiracy and malicious destruction of property.
White’s fiancée, Aimee Cagle, said that she had to tell their 5-year-old son that his daddy was not coming home.
“He was a good man and a good father,” Cagle told Click on Detroit . “For some senseless act, for it to be just a rock, just to take him so soon.”
Cagle started a GoFundMe to raise money for White’s funeral.
The campaign has exceeded its $50,000 goal as of Tuesday afternoon.
On the page, Cagle spoke of her heartbreak at her loss.
“This was my heart that was destroyed… but I just wanted to say thank you to all who have donated! There is still kindness and love out there I just hate that its (sic) because of the travesty,” she wrote. “He was my best friend and the love of my life."
The teens plead not guilty on Tuesday.