WICKLIFFE, Ohio-- A mysterious and frightening situation played out on a local highway after a woman said an object crashed through her windshield on I-90 East, at the Bishop Road overpass just before 8 a.m. Monday.
Ann Clingerman said she was commuting to teach at a Parma Elementary School when the object, possibly a rock, hit the driver’s side of the 2011 Audi convertible’s windshield, shattering it.
Glass landed all over her, she said, but she was able to pull to the side of the roadway and call for help. Though the object hit the windshield inches from her face, Clingerman had only minor scrapes from shattered glass.
"I've never had anything like that happen, and it was just the most traumatizing thing,” Clingerman said. “You don't expect something like that to just come out of the blue and just get in your vision and wreck your car."
Clingerman said it happened so quickly, she’s not sure if the object that struck her windshield somehow fell or was thrown from the overpass. She nor Wickliffe police saw anyone on the overpass. A police report shows an officer found a rock with scrapes and a black substance on it, but he was not sure if the rock is what struck the windshield.
City of Wickliffe Director of Public Service Don Kerniskey told FOX 8 News that he examined the bridge Wednesday, and it is in good shape. The bridge was re-built seven years ago, he said, and there was no sign the object fell from the bridge structure.
Wednesday, a windshield repair company prepared to replace the damaged window. Clingerman is warning other drivers to beware.
“I want to make sure it doesn't happen to anybody else,” she said.