Kenneth White, age 32, was killed by blunt force trauma after five juveniles….
Flint, MI – Five teens have been charged as adults, in the rock-throwing murder of a father on a Michigan highway last week.
Construction worker Kenneth White, age 32, was killed on his way home from work on Interstate 75, when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by a six-pound rock thrown from an overpass.
Police have arrested five teenagers from Clio, MI, in connection with White’s death.
Numerous vehicles were damaged by the teenagers’ malicious activities, and rocks weighing as much as 20 pounds were found on the freeway after the incident, which occurred around 8:30 pm on Wednesday, October 18, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The five teens, Kyle Anger, age 17; Alexander Miller, age 15; Mark Sekelsky, age 16; Mikadyn Payne, age 16; and Trevor Gray, age 15, threw rocks from an overpass in Vienna Township, where Dodge Road crosses Interstate 75, onto the highway below.
Anger allegedly dropped a six-pound rock, which smashed the windshield of a van that White was a passenger in.
The rock struck White in the face, and then ricocheted to his chest. He suffered fractures to his skull and face.
White’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to his head and chest, according to Fox News.
All five teenagers are being charged as adults, according to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.
“I don’t believe this was a deliberate attempt to take somebody’s life. It was a willful and wanton act that resulted in somebody’s death,” Leyton said.
“These people should have known better,” he said. “Under Michigan law, that is second-degree murder.”
White was the father of four children, and was engaged to be married.
Charges for all five teenagers included second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second degree murder, and malicious destruction of property.
At their arraignment Tuesday morning, all five defendants entered not guilty pleas, and the judge denied bond to the entire group, according to NBC News.
“The judge denied bond because he said it was a very serious incident and thought bond was inappropriate,” Leyton said.
Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said that the teens drove to a McDonald’s after throwing the rocks, and ate. He said the incident appeared to be a “prank.”
“Nobody wins. The young people are charged criminally. A young boy lost his father, and all of the families are left grieving,” Sheriff Pickell said, in the Washington Post.