A close call has drivers and police paying extra attention after someone was throwing rocks at passing cars in Meriden.
The rocks were thrown from high above on a hillside onto cars of unsuspecting drivers on Route 70 near a busy intersection.
A tarp covered the bed of a pickup truck that now has a large hole after a rock ripped through it on Friday night.
The truck’s owner said his son was driving when he and another car were hit by rocks on River Road.
Charla Wilson was out for a walk on Meriden’s linear trail and was startled to hear about rocks being thrown at nearby drivers.
"It’s just very discouraging to think that someone would purposely try to harm someone, especially in our own neighborhood. It’s crazy,” Wilson said.
It is believed that rocks came from a clearing on a wooded hillside when two cars turning left off Oregon Road and onto Route 70 were hit.
"It just could have very easily been myself or anyone else that I know. It’s unfortunate,” Candace Lepack of Meriden said.
In addition to the rock that hit the pickup truck, another car reportedly had its windshield smashed. Thankfully there were no injuries.
"It is scary because it’s right around your neighborhood. You think you're safe and there are police patrols all the time, but you just never know,” said Joann Vass of Meriden.
South Meriden’s Neighborhood Initiative officer said they are considering this an isolated incident and said other than the two vehicles hit on Friday night, there have been no other reports.
However, the hope is that someone who knows something will step forward with information.
"We take pride in our community and we love to come down, walk the trail and nature. So we'll have to be on the lookout,” Wilson said.
Anyone who sees anything suspicious should call Meriden police.
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