Rock shatters windshield; driver believes damage was intentional

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A quiet drive home took an unexpected turn after an object came crashing into one man's windshield Saturday night. He worries the damage was intentional.

"It sounded like an explosion, almost like the engine blew up," recalled Ken LaPoint. He was driving home after having dinner with his wife when something smashed into his vehicle as he was northbound on Hwy 17 Business, right across from the Carolina Opry.

"I didn't know what to do, I was afraid I had hit somebody,"he said.

It was a rainy, foggy night with poor visibility. LaPoint says he was not speeding, but couldn't tell what he hit. Then he realized, something had hit him.

A concrete chunk hit his windshield just inches away from the passenger window where his wife sat. He believes someone is hiding in the woods by Dunes Cove, a private neighborhood.

"It bounced off the windshield and into the other lane, I'm sure if a car was along side of me, that would've been hit as well," he worried.

While no one was hurt during this incident, LaPoint says it could be potentially deadly if the rock were to make it through a window, hitting someone, or causing an accident.

When officers responded to the scene, they told LaPoint they've had similar complaints in the area.

"That's when the officer said the night before they had reports of eggs being thrown here. I said well, they've graduated from eggs to rocks or bricks," he said.

While talking to officers, a second car pulled up. The driver told police just moments before, something hit his car as well.

Reports with the Myrtle Beach Police Department show on Saturday night, there were two incidents in the area of vehicles being damaged by the rocks.

"We looked at his truck, and it looked like damage from a brick as well," LaPoint said.

LaPoint has a warning for drivers in the area.

"It's a little bit dangerous driving in this area until police apprehend the people that are doing it," he said.

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