Ken McLean with his broken windscreen.
Ken McLean with his broken windscreen. The Northern Star/Brenden Allen

Ken avoids death by four inches

A LISMORE man is lucky to be alive after a rock smashed his windscreen while he was driving along the Pacific Highway near Tweed Heads yesterday morning.

Ken McLean, a builder, saw ‘something flashing past’ and then a ‘brick or rock’ hit his car.

“I was coming back from the Gold Coast at 2.30am and I guess I was doing about 100km/h,” he said.
“We were on the highway near Kennedy Drive.

“Suddenly this brown thing came out of the sky and smashed right into the car.

“I had my girlfriend with me. We were pretty shaken up and freaked out.

“She had glass in her eye and there was glass all over us.”

The couple took the next exit off the highway and went straight to the Coolangatta police station.
Officers took photographs of Mr McLean’s damaged car and then followed him back to where the incident happened.

Mr McLean suspected the brick was thrown by youths ‘looking for something to do’.

“The windscreen repair guy said if the brick had hit another four inches higher, it would have actually smashed through the windscreen and hit me in the chest,” he said.

“I would have lost control of the car and we would have been killed.

“It really upsets me that this happened.”

Inspector Darren Steel, from Tweed/Byron police, said rock-throwing was extremely dangerous.
“This kind of thing has been the cause of fatal accidents in other areas,” he said.

“We encourage people to report these things to police straight away.

“And if you see any suspicious activity near overpasses, let us know so we can get out there and try to apprehend these people.”

However, Mr McLean said he just wanted people to ‘realise that it’s not safe to drive on the highway at night’.

“We really need to look at whether we need more policing, or whether our kids need a curfew,” he said.

“This is a very serious thing that happened to us. We both could have died.”
 


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