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Four Arrested and One Injured in Pumpkin Throwing Spree on I-57

October 29, 2016

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say a Florida truck driver was injured when a large pumpkin thrown from an I-57 overpass crushed the top of his cab and resulted in head injuries.

The incident was one of several reported on I-57 overpasses between Salem and Kinmundy early Friday morning. The same group of four that have been taken into custody are also believed responsible for 15 to 20 mail box bashings in the rural Alma area.

Sheriff’s Deputies were eventually able to stop a car the four suspects were traveling on the Tonti Road. The driver, 23-year-old Cassidy Hunter of Currie Road in Alma, and the one adult passenger, 18-year-old Alexander See of the Ticklin Road in rural Odin, were both charged in Marion County Court Friday with felony vehicular endangerment and felony criminal damage to property for the damage done to the one semi. They were also charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property for damage to one of the mailboxes that was smashed. Bond was See was set at $75,000. Bond for Hunter was set at $15,000. Both had the public defender appointed to represent them.

15 and 17-year-old juvenile male passengers from Salem were also arrested, but later released to their parents pending the filing of formal charges.

The driver of the semi, 53-year-old Floyd Bellinger of Lake Mary, Florida, reported a large pumpkin crashed through the top of his truck and struck him on the head. He was able to pull the truck off the side of the road before calling for help.

Bellinger was taken to Salem Township Hospital where he received stitches to close the head injury and was later released. He told the Marion County State’s Attorneys office he feels he would have been killed if the pumpkin had been thrown just a second or two sooner and had crashed through the windshield of the truck.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies believe at least one or two other trucks were also hit, but no reports were filed because they were not damaged.

Deputies say there were over 10 pumpkins in the car occupied by the four suspects when it was stopped. They offered no resistance when being taken into custody.

The pumpkins are believed to have been taken from several homes, with one owner indicating some of his large pumpkins weighed 100 pounds.

A shovel is believed to have been used to cause the mailbox damage.

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