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Rock-throwers damage more than a dozen cars in past week

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Vandals throwing debris onto Cook County expressways have damaged more than a dozen vehicles in at least five separate incidents in recent days, including two Monday afternoon.

A white Toyota utility vehicle sustained a broken windshield during Monday's first incident on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) near Pulaski Road about 1:16 p.m., State Police District Chicago Trooper Ivan Bukaczyk said.

Illinois Department of Transportation Crews found the projectile didn't come from the bridge overhead, but was instead thrown from the top of the overpass, Bukaczyk said. Fire Department crews examined the driver, and the driver of a Dodge van pulled over to help but neither was injured.

Less than four hours later, witnesses saw "a few kids" throwing rocks at cars on I-57 from a bridge near 151st Street, Bukaczyk said. One car sustained minor damage, but the motorist declined to file a report.

Five cars were damaged in the same area Sunday night, also from rocks being thrown on I-57, State Police Sgt. Juan Valenzuela said. The cars were damaged about 8 p.m. Sunday on northbound I-57 near 147th Street, and some sustained shattered windows.

On Saturday, several more vehicles were hit with rocks, possibly thrown from a railroad bridge about 10:30 p.m. on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) between Pulaski and Kedzie.

The most serious situation unfolded Wednesday night, when Chicago police shut down the Chicago Skyway for two hours on reports that suspects had been shooting at vehicles near Indianapolis Avenue and 105th Street.

Seven cars were damaged and police later found the damage was caused by rock-throwers, not shooters, police said. The boys, one 14 and the other 15, were charged with one count of felony vehicular endangerment and six counts of misdemeanor criminal damage to property in connection with that incident.

Police have not made any arrests in connection with the other recent rock-throwing incidents, and no one has been injured.

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