Here we go again: more cars hit by objects on 390, 490 on west side

Updated: 06/13/2014 5:17 PM
Created: 06/13/2014 11:55 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

It's happening again.

More cars hit by something on west side highways. And now Greece Police are concerned with some vigilante chatter they're hearing on social media. 

Greece Police told us they're starting to see people post things on Facebook and Twitter saying they're going to band together to solve this mystery themselves and police say -- that's a bad idea. 

More on that below

First -- here's where cars were hit by objects today. 

The first was this morning after 9 o'clock near the Mount Read exit on I-490 West. And then in the early afternoon, another driver at I-390 and Lyell Road called 911 to say his windshield was hit. 

The driver in the first instance says they heard or felt the side of their car hit as it passed the Mount Read exit at I-490. We were on scene when police sealed off the grassy area looking for evidence.

The car hit was a red sedan. 

Police shut the neighborhood down next to the I-490 Mount Read exit and searched the steep slope off the highway. Imagine trying to find something in thick, knee high grass, pitched at a 45 degree angle.

The road at the bottom of the slope leads to a dead end but has fairly easy access to the side of I-490. Whatever happened, happened right outside Ruri Cotto's front door. 

"That's awful because that could hurt someone. I have children myself and to have my windows shattered with my kid or my spouse inside? It would be devastating," he said. 

"So you're saying it's up to the community to keep their eyes open see something and call in about it," I said. 

"Yeah, they should step up and be aware of what's going on," Cotto said. 

As soon as we left this scene we heard about the next call, this time on I-390 at Lyell Road. State Police and a Sheriff's Office van were inspecting damage to a silver car. It appeared to be a violent hit to the windshield on the driver's side. Police are pretty sure this was just a rock. It happened to Doug Gurzynski's son's car. 

Gurzynski: We believe a rock hit the windshield. 

Brean: Just a rock, nothing more than that? 

Gurzynski: Just a rock.

Greece Police's concern

The Greece Police say they're starting to see comments on social media about people going out themselves to find whoever is doing this and police want people to understand that is a bad idea. 

"We are asking members of the public to refrain from becoming directly involved in the investigation of these incidents and to simply call 911 if information is obtained" the GPD released said. 

Greece Police are concerned that people think they're not doing anything to solve this. They say -- think about it this way: the police investigation is like an iceberg. What you see is only a fraction of what they're doing. They still want people to call 9-1-1 but that's it. 

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