Teens Charged With Murder After Man Is Killed By Sandbag They Allegedly Threw From Overpass

Marquise Byrd, of Warren, Michigan, succumbed on Friday to injuries sustained on Dec. 19, when teenagers allegedly dropped a construction sandbag from an overpass onto an interstate in Ohio.
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Four Ohio teens have been charged with murder after a man died from injuries sustained when a sandbag they allegedly threw off a highway overpass landed on his car, officials said.

On Friday, Marquise Byrd, of Warren, Mich., succumbed to injuries sustained on Dec. 19, when the teenagers allegedly dropped a construction sandbag from an overpass onto an interstate in Ohio, the Toledo Police Department said.

Byrd, 22, was riding in the front passenger seat of a vehicle heading south on I-75 when the sandbag came through the car’s windshield, authorities said.

He was rushed to a Toledo area hospital with severe head injuries, but could not be saved, CBS News reported.

Byrd leaves behind a 2-year-old son and was engaged to be married, CBS wrote.

The four teens, ages 13 and 14, were allegedly seen leaving the area of the overpass after the incident, police said.

“Detectives determined the falling sandbag was not an accident, but a deliberate act and probable cause to charge the juveniles was established,” the Toledo Police Department said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

The four teens appeared in juvenile court on Dec. 20 on felonious assault charges, but the charges were upgraded to include murder after Byrd died, officials said.

The teens entered a denial to the murder charges when they appeared in court Wednesday, The Toledo Blade reported.

The suspects, who have not been identified because of their ages, are currently being held without bail at the Lucas Juvenile Justice Center.

Byrd’s death comes just two months after a similar incident in Flint, where 32-year-old Kenneth White was killed when five teens threw a 6-pound rock off an overpass that crashed through his vehicle.

Those teens face second-degree murder and other felony charges. They have pleaded not guilty.

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