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5 Teens Accused Of Throwing Rocks From Overpass Face Murder Charges In Man's Death

Nina Golgowski

Five teenagers will be charged as adults in the death of a Michigan man who was killed by a rock allegedly thrown off of an interstate’s overpass last week, prosecutors announced Monday.

Kenneth Andrew White, 32, was traveling home from work along Interstate 75 in Vienna Township on Wednesday night when a 6-pound rock smashed through the windshield of the car he was riding in and struck him while he sat in the passenger seat, authorities said. 

White, a father of four, died from blunt force trauma to the head and chest, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said at a press conference.

This photo shows a hole left in the windshield of a car that Kenneth Andrew White had been riding in at the time of his fatal injury. (Genesee County Prosecutors Office)

The five suspects have been identified as Kyle Anger, 17; Mark Sekelsky, 16; Mikadyn Payne, 16; Trevor Gray, 15; and Alexander Miller, 15. They are all from Clio, Michigan, and face charges of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, six felony counts of malicious destruction of property, and two misdemeanor counts of malicious destruction of property.

“These people should have known better. Under Michigan law, this is second-degree murder,” Leyton said, later adding that that specific charge carries the potential of life behind bars.

From left: Kyle Anger, 17, Mikadyn Payne, 16, and Mark Sekelsky, 16, could face life behind bars. (Genesee County Prosecutors Office)

Leyton said a total of 20 rocks were recovered from the scene, the heaviest of which was nearly 20 pounds. Several other cars were damaged but no one else was injured.

“You ought to know, a reasonable person would know, that that’s creating a very high risk of bodily harm or death,” Leyton said, referring to the speed limit of the interstate and the size of the rocks. 

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell told HuffPost that the suspects allegedly threw other items, including a spare tire, from another road’s overpass before driving to the I-75 overpass where White was hit. Pickell said the suspects had collected the rocks in advance. 

“When we got the [911] call, there were already four cars that were pulled off of the highway because they had driven through a debris field,” he said.

From left: Alexander Miller, 15, and Trevor Gray, 15, could face life behind bars. (Genesee County Prosecutors Office)

Asked if the suspects have expressed any remorse for their actions, Pickell said there’s a chance they may now that they’re behind bars.

“After their rock-throwing incident, they climbed back into the van and went to McDonald’s and ate,” he said.

The rock that authorities say struck White is seen resting in a pocket along the car's door, which is splattered with blood. (Genesee County Prosecutors Office)

At Monday’s press conference, Pickell praised Leyton for “throwing the book” at the suspects and setting an example.

“It’s not a prank; it’s second-degree murder. I don’t think anybody’s laughing,” he said. “You make a bad decision, you could be spending the rest of your life in prison. This is not a prank.”

White’s fiancee, Amiee Cagle, expressed both outrage and heartbreak over the incident that killed the father of her 5-year-old son.

“He was a good man and a good father,” she told WDIV Local 4 News. “For some senseless act, for it to be just a rock, just to take him so soon. He took away a child’s father, and the love of my life. His stupid act took away a life.”

Kenneth Andrew White, 32, was killed by one of several rocks tossed off of an interstate's overpass last week, authorities said.

White lived in South Carolina for most of his life before moving to Michigan, according to an obituary. He worked as a construction worker and “enjoyed sports, video games and the outdoors.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for White’s funeral expenses.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.