Four boys charged with murder after throwing construction sandbag from overpass, killing a young father: Prosecutor

Four teens accused of throwing a sandbag off of an Ohio overpass last week are now charged with murder after a man died after the bag smashed into his windshield.

FOX2 reports that Warren resident, 22-year-old Marquise Byrd, was riding passenger in a vehicle traveling down I-75 in Toledo last Tuesday when four teenagers reportedly threw a large sandbag from the overpass. The sandbag smashed through the car’s windshield, striking Byrd in the head. The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He died over the weekend.

According to authorities, the teens were identified as three 14-year-old boys and one 13-year-old boy. Police said the boys found the sandbag after a construction crew left it behind. All four were initially charged with felonious assault, but the charges were upgraded to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder for all four boys after the victim passed away. They remain behind bars at the Lucas County juvenile facility. The suspects include:

  • Pedro Salina, 13
  • Sean Carter, 14
  • Demetrius Wimberly, 14
  • William Parker, 14

Byrd, the father of a 1-year-old son, was engaged and was traveling to Toledo to meet friends for the holidays when the tragedy occurred.

In October, a similar incident occurred in Michigan after five teens threw a large rock from an overpass, killing a man driving by. As CrimeOnline previously reported, the teens, ages 15-17, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, malicious destruction of property, and second-degree murder, after they allegedly threw the rock off of the Dodge Road overpass on southbound Interstate 75 in Genesee County, on Oct. 18.

The rock smashed into a van being driven by Keneth Andrew White, of Mt. Morris. White, a father of four children, died from his injuries after the rock, weighing around 20 pounds, hit him the head.

The suspects in the Michigan incident include:

  • Kyle Anger, 17
  • Alexander Miller, 15
  • Trevor Gray, 15
  • Mikaydyn Payne, 15
  • Mark Sekelsky, 15

[Feature Photo: Toledo PD]