Nearly three years ago, two young men stood on a Eugene freeway overpass and threw a small boulder down into the speeding traffic below.
On that fateful day in November of 2012, a 1997 Subaru Legacy station wagon driven by MOLLY GRABILL, age 20, from Poway, California, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 146. As the vehicle approached the Isadore Road overpass, a rock described as larger than a baseball came down from the overpass, smashing through the driver’s side windshield and hit GRABILL in the face.
The car’s passenger, CHRIS BREWER, age 19, from Vista, California, grabbed the steering wheel to control the vehicle. He was unable to keep it under control as the vehicle traveled onto the shoulder and rolled on the freeway coming to rest facing the opposite direction.
GRABILL was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield for treatment of facial injuries. BREWER was also transported and he was treated and released for injuries sustained in the traffic crash. GRABILL was also released from the hospital two days after the incident.
After an extensive investigation, OSP Criminal Investigation Division detectives identified two adult suspects from Sutherlin. Both were indicted for multiple charges surrounding the incident.
Hayden Ray TABOR, age 22, pled guilty last week to two counts of Assault III, two counts of Reckless Endangering, Throwing an Object off an Overpass, and Criminal Mischief I. He was sentenced to 36 months of probation and potential of 60 months prison if he violates his probation.
Matthew Logan MCKINNEY, age 22, plead guilty last week to two counts of Assault II, III and IV, and Reckless Endangering. He also plead guilty to Throwing an Object Off an Overpass and Criminal Mischief I. He was sentenced to 70 months in prison.
Both GRABILL and BREWER are still University of Oregon students and members of the school’s track & field team.