- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

UNIONTOWN, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio middle school teacher whose skull was crushed when a rock was dropped from a Pennsylvania highway overpass onto her vehicle said she’s pushing for more fences and barriers to be placed around bridges and overpasses.

Sharon Budd, 53, of Uniontown, told WEWS-TV (https://bit.ly/1NM9A0z ) that she plans to write to state representatives in Ohio and Pennsylvania to advance the idea.

“We’re hoping that no one else has to go through the surgeries and losing some of their functions,” said Budd, who lost sight in her right eye and suffered brain damage when the 5-pound rock crashed through her windshield in 2014.

Budd acknowledged putting up fencing on all bridges or overpasses would be costly for the state, but said she believes overpasses with multiple reports of rock-throwing incidents and new bridges should be prioritized for additional safeguards.

Police have said four teens were looking to cause mayhem one night a year ago when they ended up on an Interstate 80 overpass in the dark of night. They threw the rock over, shattering Budd’s windshield, as she drove with her husband and daughter.

Three of the teens have been convicted on charges stemming from the incident.

Brett Lahr, 19, received 18 months to 20 years after pleading no contest to a conspiracy count. His brother, Dylan Lahr, 18, and a third man, Keefer McGee, 18, could be sentenced this month after admitting to their roles in the attack on Budd’s car.

The defense attorney for the fourth co-defendant, Tyler Porter, 18, said he was considering a plea deal with prosecutors. His trial is scheduled for later this month.

In the weeks following the accident, Budd underwent multiple surgeries, including a lengthy procedure to replace a section of her skull. Doctors fixed extensive injuries to the front part of her face.

She had a seventh surgery on June 26.

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Information from: WEWS-TV, https://www.newsnet5.com


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