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OH teens face murder charges in I-75 sandbag death

National briefs: Sandbag dropped from an overpass kills man, four teens charged with murder OH teens face murder charges in I-75 sandbag death
Ella Tate | 28 December, 2017, 01:40

Authorities in Toledo, Ohio, have charged four boys with murder after a sandbag they allegedly dropped from an interstate overpass killed a passenger in a auto.

On Friday, Marquise Byrd, of Warren, Mich., succumbed to injuries sustained on December 19, when the teenagers allegedly dropped a construction sandbag from an overpass onto an interstate in OH, the Toledo Police Department said.

On Dec. 19, Byrd, who is from Warren, was sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle traveling down I-75 in Toledo, when he was struck by a sandbag that had been tossed from a highway overpass.

The Washington Post generally does not identify suspects charged in juvenile court.

The four teens, ages 13 and 14, were allegedly seen leaving the area of the overpass after the incident, police said.

The Lucas County Coroner's Office says Byrd died of blunt-force trauma injuries to the head and neck.

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The sandbag was thrown off the Indiana Avenue overpass at Interstate 75 in Toledo, Ohio.

Byrd, the father of a 1-year-old boy, was reportedly engaged to be married. After Byrd's death, they were charged with murder, felony vehicular vandalism and misdemeanor vehicular vandalism.

"My auntie has to bury her son", Shaveontae King, Byrd's cousin, told the Blade. They know right from wrong, and should be charged as adults, she said. "He's gone [and] he's never coming back".

Lori Olender, deputy chief of the county prosecutor's juvenile division, said she is not seeking to transfer the teenagers' cases to adult jurisdiction.

Olender said it was unlikely any of the four teenagers would be tried as adults; OH state laws don't allow for 13-year-olds to be tried this way and the children lacked significant criminal records, she said.

The 22-year-old was rushed to the hospital, but died at the weekend.