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Officials identify man killed after rock thrown from I-75 overpass

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Kenneth White (Source: Genesee County Sheriff) Kenneth White (Source: Genesee County Sheriff)
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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A man is dead after authorities say "concrete chunks" were thrown from a Mid-Michigan overpass.

It happened about 8:32 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the southbound lanes of I-75 at Exit 131 in Genesee County.

Investigators said a southbound vehicle was hit by a large rock. The rock crashed through the windshield, striking the passenger. Kenneth White, 32, from Mt. Morris, was taken to Hurley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Officials said four other vehicles reported being hit by other large rocks in the road. They were on scene waiting for the police when the crash happened. The Genesee County Sheriff's Office believes the rocks may have been taken from another location and thrown over the Dodge Road overpass, according to a press release. 

The department is investigating the case as a possible homicide. 

"Some people are going to do what they are going to do. You can't stop them," said Jon Harenchar, resident. "That person has family. That person's loved ones now are traumatized. They're going to be hurt for a long time," Harenchar said.

The sheriff's office has been flooded with tips since the incident happened.

Undersheriff Christopher Swanson said the long arm of the law is ready to reach out and touch the suspects.

"We have no narrowed our search, a group of individuals that we're actively seeking as we speak," Swanson said.

He said his staff is working around the clock on this case, vowing not to stop until they can get justice for White.

"We have every detective in our office as well as other agencies that are helping us. And we are seeking every lead and we're finding out that we're getting closer and closer to bringing some type of closure to this family," Swanson said.

Harenchar is still trying to come to grips with what happened.

"Where do people think that they can just throw things at cars coming that fast," Harenchar said.

India Reeves was driving her car southbound on I-75 when she had to dodge rocks in the road. She considers herself lucky.

"I thank God that is wasn't me. I'm sorry that it happened to him," she said.

Reeves car sustained damage from the incident.

"I ended up rolling over something. I don't know what it was. I really couldn't tell because it was dark and I heard my tire blow out," Reeves said.

She said other motorists were in the same situation trying to figure out what happened.

"I could've been dead along with the three other people that followed me. We could've all died over stupidity. How do you have that much time in your day to take out to throw stuff over the bridge to harm innocent people that's driving along the road," Reeves said.

If you have any information on the incident you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL. They are offering a cash reward up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports there is no fencing at this overpass. Spokesperson Jocelyn Hall said that fencing is typically used on overpasses that support pedestrian traffic, and this overpass does not have a sidewalk.

"That location doesn't meet any of the criteria that would generally dictate having a fence," Hall said.

She said this was the first time MDOT received a report of items being thrown off of this overpass.

"Any time there are measures we can do to improve safety, we're certainly going to consider it," Hall said.

She said they have to wait for the police investigation to end to gather all of their facts. If they make a decision to add a fence it will take a while and cost upwards of $50,000.

Stay with TV5 as we continue to bring you new developments. 

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