Brick thrown at car, family safe - August 26, 2008

FISHTOWN - August 26, 2008 32-year-old Jean Weney of Mount Royal, New Jersey and her three sons, Jourdan, Jake, and Nicholas, were driving south on I-95 near Packer Avenue just before 5:00 p.m. Monday afternoon when someone in a passing truck threw a brick out of the pickup's passenger side window.

"I see a window go down and the arm comes out with something in it. I see him kind of toss it," Jourdan said.

"I see something flipping in the air, I just figured it was trash or some debris from the road and my windshield spiders," Jean said.

"It just smashed the window and I looked over and I was like oh my God," Jake said.

The force of the impact shattered the windshield of the old 1987 Buick hearse Jean uses as a family car. Except for some minor glass cuts, no one was injured, but Pennsylvania Sate Police are taking the incident very seriously.

"This is a criminal act one that will not be tolerated. Due to the high traffic volume on 95 south, on 95 everyday, an incident like this could easily have caused serious bodily injury or death," Bruce McCormick of Pa. State Police said.

When the truck failed to stop, Jean and her boys ages 11,12, and 13 followed the vehicle across the Walt Whitman Bridge into New Jersey while dialing 911. They lost the truck when it exited at 1C off Route 42, but describe it as a black pickup, perhaps a Ford F-150, with dark tinted windows and NJ tags that possibly read either HEW43S or 345.

Police say the incident not only left the window shattered, but somehow the hearse's brake line was also severed. It's now at a garage in Fishtown.

"Someone could have died and it hit right in front of her, so I don't know what I would do without my mom," Nicholas said.

Pennsylvania State Police are asking anyone who may have seen the brick-throwing incident or has any other information about the case to contact them immediately at the Philadelphia barracks.

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