LEWISBURG — Prosecutors say four teenagers threw rocks from an Interstate 80 overpass in Union County last month. A woman from Ohio was critically injured when one of those rocks went right through the windshield. One of those teens had a hearing on Tuesday and the testimony was graphic and emotional.
The victim’s husband said it was the first time he heard the 911 tape when it was played Tuesday in court. The family said it was hard reliving the night of July 10th and brought back a lot of emotion.
One by one the four teenagers accused of throwing rocks off an Interstate 80 overpass walked into the Union County Courthouse in Lewisburg for their preliminary hearings. It was the first time Brett Lahr, Tyler Porter, Keefer McGee, and Dylan Lahr would come face to face with the Budd family, who’s matriarch Sharon was severely hurt by one of the rocks.
“I hope maybe them seeing us made them feel bad. I don’t know if it did or not, but they know what they did and it was hard to see them,” Kaylee Budd said.
“It made it more real. It happened. Those gentlemen, gentlemen, those guys were involved. They know what they did,” Randy Budd said.
Sharon’s husband Randy testified in court. He described the moment the rock hit his windshield.
He said, “It was the most gruesome thing I’ve ever, ever seen.”
Only one teen, Brett Lahr, went ahead with his hearing. The other three teens gave up that right. In the end, the judge decided Brett Lahr will go to trial on charges including aggravated assault. One of the other defendants, Keefer McGee, testified against Lahr.
He told the court, “We were all laughing thinking it was funny. We laughed, tossed out rocks and drove home.”
“I’m like around the same age and I just could never imagine myself doing something like that or thinking that could be a good time,” Kaylee said.
“Very, very malicious, violent and something that changed our lives forever,” Randy said.
Randy Budd said Sharon’s condition is improving. She is taking steps with the help of a physical therapist and she did see out of her left eye.
As for the teenagers, the DA said he believes lawyers for three of them are trying to get their cases transferred to juvenile court