Teen charged in 5-year-old cousin's murder

Teen charged in 5-year-old cousin's murder

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Vehicles hit by large rocks in Rotterdam

PATTERSONVILLE  -- State Police investigated four reports from truck drivers who said their windshields were damaged by rocks thrown from a Thruway overpass.

Three truck drivers reported damage near the Rynex Corners Road overpass on June 23. Another truck driver said he was hit on Sunday. The drivers were not injured.

"It's very disconcerting for the state police," said Tpr. Matthew Izbicki with Troop T. "Fortunately for us in this area this is a very rare occurrence so when it happens we're very concerned about the possible extent of injuries or even death occurring from this."

One driver reported seeing two people running away from the overpass, but police were unable to find any suspects and are asking anyone with information to call investigators. 

Defensive driving instructors encourage drivers to remain cautious and prepare for the unexpected.

"The only real thing you can do to prepare for it is to always have your focus on the road. If our focus is divided by distractions then we're going to be even more caught off guard by a situation that happens on the road," said Mike Sweeney, Traffic Safety Educator for AAA Hudson Valley. "Let's say something did all of a sudden block your ability to see, well if you already knew the next 20 seconds ahead of you, you know your path of exit. If you're caught off guard, you don't."
 
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