The five teenagers who were accused of throwing rocks at cars from a highway overpass were arraigned in court on Tuesday, according to sources. The teenagers were accused of throwing more than a dozen large rocks onto driving vehicles, one of which crashed through a van's windshield and killed a 32-year-old father-of-four. The teens are being charged with second-degree murder as well as other charges.
The teens include 17-year-old Kyle Anger, 16-year-olds Mark Sekelsky and Mikadyn Payne, and 15-year-olds Alexzander Miller and Trevor Gray. Bail was denied for these teens due to the seriousness of the nature of the charges against them. The judge worried that given the nature of their crime, these teens might be a danger to the public.
The teens face eight felonies and two misdemeanors in connection with Kenneth White's tragic death. Anger, the oldest, is being held in the Genesee County Jail. The others are being held in the Genesee Valley Regional Center for juveniles.
Kenneth White was driving his truck home to Mount Morris on October 18 when suddenly a rock crashed through the front driver side of his windshield. The rock struck and killed him.
The incident occurred on the Dodge Road overpass on I-75 in Vienna Township outside of Detroit. Authorities believe that these teenagers were tossing large rocks at cars as they were driving. Other rocks were found on the road, and other cars had hit large rocks.
White was a father of four and only 32 years old. He was driving home to see his boys. His loved ones are in complete shock. His large family and relatives are traveling from all across the southern United States to say goodbye.
Time reports that family dreaded informing White's 5-year-old son of the news that his father would not be coming back home.
"He was living his life. He wasn’t doing anything wrong. He was coming home to his family, and because of them [the teenagers], he didn’t make it home,” said White's sister-in-law.
"These kids ... Couldn't they just go skip rocks on the river or something instead of doing something so senseless. They took away somebody's father, somebody's son, and we're never going to get that back," she said. "Because of a joke. Because of some kind of prank gone wrong or whatever. It's no laughing matter. Nobody's laughing."
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