A motorist who says his car was hit by a waterbomb on the southern motorway fears someone could be killed.
Tape is all that's holding together Murray Richards' windscreen after a water-filled balloon was dropped on his van from an overbridge on Sunday night.
The Beach Haven resident was driving along the motorway with his wife, two sons and grandson, near the Karangahape Rd overbridge when he heard a huge noise which was the impact of the balloon cracking his windscreen.
"It was a hell of a bang," he said.
The windscreen could have shattered into pieces if the object was anything bigger or harder and he was lucky he was able to stay in control of the vehicle.
"Someone could have been killed."
In 2005 Christopher Currie was killed when an 8kg boulder was thrown through his windscreen.
Fourteen-year-old Ngatai Reweti was jailed in 2006 for nearly four years for manslaughter.
Richards said one of his sons, who was in the front seat, was covered in shattered glass.
His son remembers seeing something blue but there was no material imbedded in the windscreen.
But it was definitely water and not petrol or another substance, he said.
At least one other driver reported a similar incident to police on the same night.
"Apparently it is a common occurrence there in which case something needs to be done before anything serious happens," he said.
The incident has been referred to police.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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