Ohio Woman Severely Injured By Rock Dropped On Car Sparks Change


Sharon Budd from northeast Ohio nearly lost her life because someone threw a rock from an overpass.

She was traveling with her husband and daughter in Pennsylvania when the rock crashed through her windshield.

“They were basically on the bridge with a 5 pound boulder and threw it right into our windshield,” Sharon’s husband Randy Budd said.

That rock cost Sharon an eye, crushed her skull, and damaged her brain. She was in the hospital for 3 1/2 months.

“I'd like to return to the person that I was before the accident,” she said.

The rock was thrown from an overpass with no fence. Sharon believes a fence would have kept her safe.

“I think it would it would make a difference and I highly doubt that I would be hurt the way I was or hurt at all,” she said.

The incident sparked Randy to call on Ohio and Pennsylvania to change the way overpasses are designed.

This month, The Budd Bridge initiative became law in Ohio.

It states: for existing bridges, fencing shall be provided when new concrete or refaced concrete barriers are installed.

In Franklin County, 18 bridges are slated to get new fencing.

ODOT said they have designated 108 bridges statewide that will receive fencing over the next five years.

“I just appreciate it will make everyone safer when they drive under an overpass,” Sharon said.

But the Budd's aren't done.

Their tragedy happened in Pennsylvania and they are working to change fencing laws there. They say the bridge where the rock was thrown still doesn't have fence.

“My goal is to have it done in every state", Randy said.

In September 2015, the three young men held responsible for the attack apologized after a judge sentenced them to time behind bars.

A Pennsylvania judge ordered Dylan Lahr, 18, Tyler Porter, 19, and Keefer McGee, 18, to serve at least 4½ years, 1 year and 10 months, and 11½ months respectively for the July 2014 attack.

You can see the complete list of all the bridges slated for fencing in central Ohio on our map below.