CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NBC Charlotte is taking a closer look at a dangerous crime impacting drivers on the highway.

Police said someone threw an object down from an overpass hitting a woman's car while she was driving on I-277 near the W. 11th Street exit around 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday.  

For years, NBC Charlotte has reported on similar crimes leaving behind a trail of damage. In the latest case, the object caused $1,500 in damage to the woman’s sunroof.   

Fortunately, the 39-year-old woman was not hurt.

In May 2018, a woman said someone threw an object hitting her windshield on I-85 near Glenwood Drive. Before that, another driver said an object shattered her sunroof near I-85 and Sugar Creek.  

“It was like bam!” she described to NBC Charlotte by phone. “It sounded like a bomb going off on top of my car.”

In 2017, three drivers were targeted on I-85 in three days.

“Hit the windshield, it really shocked me, I almost wrecked on the highway,” one man told NBC Charlotte at the time.

However, the danger is not always from overpasses. In September, a mother of two said a driver in a passing car was the culprit in Monroe.

“Threw something orange and it hit right in front of my face, made the loudest sound I’ve ever heard in my life,” Kendra Wells previously told NBC Charlotte.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police said, so far, no arrests have been made in the latest case on I-277.


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