Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn talks about vehicles being hit on area highways

Updated: 06/05/2014 11:13 PM
Created: 06/05/2014 10:25 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

News10NBC has been talking with drivers since the first incident involving cars being hit by something happened two months ago. The more it happens, the more frightened people are getting.

The first happened on 390 northbound near the Lexington Avenue exit in Monroe County Thursday morning. The second happened early Thursday evening in Livingston County.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office believes that the suspect or suspects may be inside a moving vehicle.

Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn said, “If in fact it occurred in the way we looked at it, it may also include a moving vehicle.”

Behind the wheel and shooting at other cars is a scary situation. It’s exactly what investigators say may have happened to Dave Mercendetti on 390 earlier Thursday.

Dave Mercendetti said, “I heard this big old bang and I didn't know what it was. I thought my car died or I had a flat tire.”

But that wasn’t the case. Mercendetti says something shattered his back window.

Mercendetti said, “All this glass shattered all over me.”

It's been nearly a dozen times that something like this has happened on and around 390. Sheriff O'Flynn says it could be rocks kicking up or someone shooting at random. 

Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn said, “We do have a couple situations where we have found BBs on and in the vehicles.”

Drivers say the fact it could be someone in the next car over has them on edge. 

Jamie Staub said, “That's even more scary, because how can you, I mean you're on the road, you're watching where you're driving, and it could be somebody next to you. That's really scary”

Even though many drivers say they feel unsafe on 390, they still have to use it to get around.

Staub said, “I don't have a choice. I don't have a choice. I'm doing my internship for college and have to take that route three days a week, so I don't have a choice. Life goes on.”

Investigators are asking for the public's help to put a stop to these incidents and are urging anyone who sees something or someone suspicious while driving on 390 to call police and report it. 

Maggie Brooks reacts

News10NBC talked with Monroe County Maggie Brooks regarding the recent incidents of cars being hit by something while driving on the highways in the county. She thinks the county roads are safe.

Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive, said, “They are absolutely safe. Certainly, these are random incidents and these are to some extent isolated incidents at this point and I think that speaks to what we're trying to tell people, don't panic because this does not mean that it's not safe to drive on the roads in Monroe County.”

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