Rock thrown from overpass smashes windshield, hits driver in the chest


A driver in Duluth is lucky to be alive after a massive rock thrown from an overpass crashed through his windshield.

Matthew Fijalkiewicz, 22, of Superior, Wisconsin, was struck in the chest by the rock as he was driving home from Duluth Sunday night.

He suffered bruises to his heart and lung and a shattered collarbone that has needed a plate and four pins to put it back together, the Star Tribune reports.

"He took quite a hit," his mother Jeannette told the newspaper.

The State Patrol has appealed for information that could lead them to the thrower, posting pictures of the damage and the rock on its Facebook page.

Troopers believe the assailant threw the rock onto Interstate 35 either from the 37th Avenue West overpass or the 40th Avenue West overpass, at around 11.20 p.m. Sunday.

Fijelkiewicz, who was on his way home from work at the Duluth Holiday Inn when the incident happened, has since been discharged from the hospital, KARE 11 reports.

Those with information about the attack should call state troopers at 218-302-6104.

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