Emily Sawyer has died after a rock was thrown from an overpass broke through her windshield and struck her in the head. It is speculated that the rock was thrown by a group of young men.
Sawyer, 43, was driving her mother Celine Taylor, 86, to church services in Danville when the football-sized piece of granite hit her car. The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer then swerved into the protective railing on the side of Interstate 74. Sawyer was pronounced Dead on Arrival at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
This incident is eerily similar to that of Samuel Howe, who was killed last year when a gas can was dropped off the Windsor Road overpass above I-57.
Sawyer’s two sisters, Donna Taylor and Felicity Shrove, called for action to be taken to prevent similar killings in the future.
“This was a senseless tragedy,” the sisters said in a joint statement. “It could have been any one of us or any of our kids. We hope that steps can be taken to prevent this from happening to anyone else.”
Police are still actively searching for the young men responsible. If you or anyone you know has any information about the accident, the Champaign County Crimestoppers are asking for people to call them at (217) 373-8477.
For the second time this year, debris thrown from an interstate overpass has killed a motorist.
Emily Sawyer, 43, has been pronounced Dead on Arrival at the Carle Foundation Hospital after a granite rock was thrown through her windshield on I-74. Champaign Police are actively searching for who is responsible. Those with information are urged to contact the Champaign County Crimestoppers at (217) 373-8477