Close call: Steel beam comes crashing into moving car, narrowly missing man

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

LYNNWOOD, Washington — A close call on a Washington state highway has led to an urgent police investigation.

Gregory Sanon said he was driving to work, north of Seattle, when a steel beam came through his windshield.

“Seriously, I thought I was dead. Everybody says I need to go buy a lottery ticket because I was lucky,” he said.

According to police, a man was seen throwing debris off an overpass.

The beam, which was more than 4 feet long, hit Sanon’s passenger seat and steering wheel.

“It hit the car so hard, but I think it didn’t hit me. It hit the steering wheel, even the steering wheel bent from the impact,” he said.

In Michigan, a similar case turned deadly.

Five teenagers were charged with second-degree murder after police said they threw rocks off a highway overpass in 2017. One rock crashed through a man’s car and killed him.

That same year, four teens in Ohio were charged with murder after throwing a sandbag from a highway overpass, killing a passerby in a car.

Authorities are still investigating the case near Seattle and are asking any witnesses to come forward.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.