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Rock thrown into moving car on Pa. 16

October 04, 2012

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Police are investigating an incident of rock throwing that damaged a Franklin County woman’s car, and possibly other vehicles.

Terra A. Lorshbaugh, 44, of Mercersburg, Pa., told Pennsylvania State Police that she was driving east Sunday at 5:30 a.m. on Pa. 16 near Talhelm’s Service Station west of Greencastle when she heard a loud noise. After pulling over, she noticed damage to her 2005 Kia.

Later, she found a rock the size of an orange in her back seat. There was damage to her windshield and to the inside of her vehicle, she said in a phone interview.

“I didn’t know what happened at first,” she said. “I thought I had hit something. Then I heard the air coming through my windshield.”

A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for throwing the rock.

Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release that they are continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the station at 717-264-5161.

Lorshbaugh said she posted a sign at Talhelm’s mentioning the reward and asking people to call her if their cars had been hit by rocks.

She said she was contacted by someone whose car also was hit that morning just moments before her. She also was told that a milk truck was hit by a rock during the same time frame on Pa. 16, which also is known as Buchanan Trail West in that area of Antrim Township.

Lorshbaugh said she is angry because of the incident. She said her son normally is with her on the Sunday morning drive, but was not on the day the rock came through her windshield.

“What if my son had been in that seat? That rock would have hit him,” she said.

“This was very scary and this is a very, very serious crime,” she said. “These people need to be found and they need to be charged before they kill someone.”

— Bill Kohler

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