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Large Rock Hits Windshield Narrowly Missing I-205 Driver; OSP Seeking Information
10/24/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help in developing information surrounding how a rock the size of a softball may have been thrown off or dropped off the Park Place overpass on Interstate 205 and into the windshield of car.  The rock split into two pieces, one of which narrowly missed the driver who received cuts on her forearms.

On October 23, 2008 at approximately 3:15 p.m. JULIE IDE, age 23, from Milwaukie, was driving a Hyundai Elantra northbound on Interstate 205 between Oregon City and Gladstone when a large rock came crashing through her windshield at the Park Place overpass.  The rock apparently split in half on impact and half of it narrowly missed the driver's head before landing in the back seat.  The other half of the rock landed on the dashboard.

IDE received minor cuts but was not transported for treatment.

"You can imagine how upsetting this was for my daughter," said David Ide, the driver's father.  "I am not exaggerating when I say she could have been killed or seriously injured."

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call OSP Trooper Aaron Jackson at (503) 731-3020 ext. 401.