LEWISBURG — Four teenagers charged with throwing rocks onto Interstate 80 were at the Union County Courthouse for their preliminary hearings Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators say Brett Lahr, Tyler Porter, Keefer McGee and Dylan Lahr threw rocks off the overpass above the eastbound lanes near exit 212, the Milton exit.
One of those rocks hit the vehicle carrying Sharon Budd, who was traveling from Ohio to New York with her husband, Randy and daughter, Kaylee.
Sharon was left critically injured and has been hospitalized since.
Both Randy and Kaylee were in court for those hearings.
“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,” said Kaylee.
“It made it more real. It happened. Those gentlemen, gentlemen, those guys were involved. They know what they did,” said Randy.
Only Brett Lahr opted to have his hearing, the three others chose to waive their rights to one.
One of the defendants, Keefer McGee, testified against Lahr about what happened the night of July 10th.
He told the court, “We were all laughing thinking it was funny. We laughed, tossed out rocks, and drove home.”
Randy Budd also testified, describing seeing his wife after the rock went through the windshield and struck her.
He said, “It was the most gruesome thing I’ve ever, ever seen.”
In New Columbia where the boys live, people expressed sympathy for the Budds.
“That family, they seem like a nice family and whenever the name New Columbia comes up, that’s how they’re going to think of us,” said Rick Beaver.
“Those kids were evidently actually trying to hit the car, you know? And that’s just a shame because the damage they could do and they should have known better,” said Jim Harmon.