Police investigation near Avon exit of 390

Updated: 06/05/2014 11:25 PM
Created: 06/05/2014 6:08 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

Two drivers in one day say their cars were hit by something while they were driving on 390. The first happened in Monroe County Thursday morning. The second happened early Thursday evening in Livingston County.

There is a growing concern with each new incident. So far, there have been eleven incidents within the past two months. In two cases, deputies say BBs were found. In all the others, including Thursday’s incidents, there was no evidence of that. Sheriff’s deputies believe that the suspect or suspects may be inside a moving vehicle.

News10NBC spoke with a state police lieutenant who says the incident in Livingston County looks like a rock or debris may have caused the window to shatter. Lt. Jon Lupo says investigators have found nothing that connects this incident with others in Monroe County. Right now, the only commonality is a shattered window.

Aaron Riojas had heard about the highway shattered glass incidents on Interstate 390 in Monroe County. He didn’t think he had to worry about it until Thursday.

Riojas said, “I think that people hear about it in the news and it created a copycat effect and it's probably some teenagers or something, but I don't think they realize how dangerous they're really being.”

Riojas is referring to an incident involving a grey minivan. As it crossed the bridge over 390, heading east on Routes 5 and 20 in Avon, a window shattered without warning. The driver immediately called 911.

Lt. Jon Lupo, NYS Police, said, “They passed a vehicle coming in the other direction and about the same time they passed that vehicle, the right rear passenger window of their car shattered.”

State Police Lt. Jon Lupo says while the investigation is not over, this incident doesn't appear suspicious or related to other similar incidents in Monroe County.

Lt. Lupo said, “We've interviewed the people whose glass was broken and we've checked the vehicle looking for anything suspicious and all we've found is shattered glass. We’ve also checked the highway where the two vehicles passed again, nothing to be found there.”

Lupo says no one found anything in the woods or anything suspicious with the other driver. Still some people like Amelia DeRusha will be looking over their shoulders.

Amelia DeRusha said, “It’s not a matter of if somebody's going to get hurt, it's a matter of when somebody gets hurt and at that point do you draw the line. What do you do next?”

While Lt. Lupo says this doesn't appear to be a suspicious incident, he says the driver did the right thing and he encourages anyone who experiences an incident like this, to pull over to a safe place and immediately call 911. 

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