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Seattle, Washington – Thrown Rock Breaks Through Windshield of Car on Interstate 5

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Posted on April 1, 2020

Seattle, Washington (March 30, 2020) – The Washington State Patrol is investigating an incident in which a rock was thrown at a moving vehicle on the Interstate 5 near the Interstate 90 on Monday afternoon. According to an article from Q13 Fox News, a rock was thrown into the southbound vehicle occupied by Shaquir Watkins and his girlfriend. The rock struck through the windshield and impacted Watkins on the chin and the chest, but fortunately sustained no lasting injuries. The Washington State Patrol was reported to have been investigating the area for similar incidents, with an investigation being recently done in October. A search is being done for the suspect.

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Windshields are important to the structure of the car itself, and any damage done to them should not be overlooked. Windshields provide structural integrity to the rest of the car, and also provides the backing for air bags as they deploy.   While these particular parts of the car are manufactured to withstand impact, they can still be damaged. Strong impact, such as in this case, is one common cause. Take note that a windshield which has cracked will be more susceptible to shattering entirely, so owners are advised to repair or replace broken windshields as soon as damage is done.

Any damage done to a windshield will compromise their safety features. For example, in case of an accident a broken windshield won’t be able to keep the roof from caving in. The shattered glass from a broken windshield can also inflict dangerous injuries. Lastly, in addition to seat belts windshields also help prevent occupants from being ejected from a car in case of a crash. With these reminders in mind, we ask people to never underestimate the dangers of a broken windshield.