Three Jacksonville juveniles have fessed up to trying to hit semi-trucks with rocks on Interstate 10 and sending one driver to the hospital. The suspects are 12, 14 and 15, according to a report on First Coast News. A truck driver was injured last week when a rock hit his windshield and cracked it, sending glass into his eye. Police were called this week by the parents of the boys, who admitted to throwing rocks. The rock throwing is a reminder for Jacksonville residents of a violent string of attacks from snipers and people throwing rocks and concrete blocks along Interstate 295 in the early 1990s. Even then-NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw called the 10-mile stretch the “Highway From Hell,” according to a Florida Times-Union report.
The recent case appears much more isolated. The boys did say they hit about 20 cars, but were specifically aiming for trucks. All three have been charged with shooting or throwing deadly missiles, a second-degree felony in Jacksonville, and would face up to 15 years in prison if charged as adults. The prosecution of this case will be one to watch from a legal standpoint. Prosecutors in Duval County have not been shy about charging juveniles as adults – especially in high-profile cases. Cristain Fernandez, now 13, was 12 last year when he was the youngest person in Florida ever charged with first-degree murder, accused of killing his 2-year-old half-brother.
Depending on how the case is resolved, crimes as juveniles can haunt people forever in terms of getting a job or going into the military. Our Jacksonville juvenile crimes attorney has represented youth facing serious charges and will work to try to avoid the mistakes of a 12 year old sticking with them forever.
If your child or another loved one needs a Juvenile Crimes Attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Duval County criminal lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.