Lawn mower sends shard of concrete through car window

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SPENCER — Mitzi Thompson Morton was relieved after she pulled over onto the side of the road Tuesday morning, but for a split second she thought someone shot at her. The 66-year-old Spencer native was headed to a doctor’s appointment when suddenly the driver’s side window burst, sending glass flying around her.
Morton pulled over near Lexington Avenue and Kings Store before 10:30 a.m.
“I came around the curve and heard a boom, a real loud boom,” she said.
Although Morton immediately turned her head, she still received a cut to her forehead from the broken glass. She also received cuts to her hand. She didn’t know it was a piece of concrete that flew through the window. She saw a hole in the window before the glass shattered. When she approached the 400 block of North Salisbury Avenue, just down from where the incident occurred, a man on a bicycle asked if she needed help. A Spencer Police officer just happened to be in the 500 block of North Salisbury Avenue.
Police Sgt. Eric Ennis said they did not have evidence to suggest what struck the window was not a bullet, but a piece of concrete. He said a resident in the 500 block was mowing his lawn and they believed the concrete was spit out by the lawn mower.
Morton is familiar with the streets of Spencer since her father was longtime Spencer Police Chief Bill Thompson. She was driving her neighbor’s 2003 Volkswagen and was glad the concrete was not a bullet.
“It was very scary,” she said.
Emergency responders tended to Morton while at the scene.

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