AN OXLEY Vale woman said she was lucky to be alive after rock-throwers pelted a missile at her car, smashing the window over her young baby.
Making things a whole lot worse she said it wasn’t the first time – and she’s not alone.
Two other victims of the dangerous game have spoken out, warning the offenders responsible were dicing with death.
The latest incident hit the 27-year-old woman, who wants to remain anonymous, when she and her husband were driving along Warral Rd, near Cossa St, in Coledale about 8.30pm on Thursday.
“The next thing there was a huge bang; the glass hit my face, and then flew past and hit my husband, then flew back and hit my little baby,” she said.
“I was covered in it. It was all in my lap, and all on my hands – it was everywhere.”
The couple had just picked up their six-month-old son after celebrating their wedding anniversary.
“Honestly, I could have died. If that had hit me in the temple, I could have died,” she said.
“It was like my world stopped; the sound was so loud in my ear.”
The force of the missile shattered the glass throughout the car, with shards coating the six-month-old infant nestled in the back.
“He just had glass resting on his head, the poor little fella,” she said.
“It was so scary.”
The couple were too terrified to stop and frantically called police, who met them down the road.
Young nurse Sarah Murray knows the dangers all too well.
Working shiftwork, she has to travel down Warral Rd almost every day, but has had countless rocks hurled at her car.
“By the time it happens you’re not paying attention to who hit you because you’re in shock that you’ve been hit,” she said.
“It just comes out of nowhere and it makes such a loud bang.
“But you’re not that confident to stop when you’re by yourself.”
Another local, who would only be quoted under the name Craig, had his car hit twice along Warral Rd with kids in the car, each time costing $400.
“You feel how sharp that rock is and it’s not like a bit of river
gravel,” he said. “If it hits you in the head, it would kill you.”
Craig reported it to police and then took his plight to local MP Kevin Anderson and former New England MP Tony Windsor – but to no avail.
“You often see the kids throwing stuff around down there,” he said.
“The railway line is where rocks come from, so they have plenty of ammunition down there.”
But all three victims agree – those behind it need to be stopped before it’s too late.
“It’s happened before, but because my son was in the car, that’s what’s making me want to talk about it,” the woman said.
“It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.”
Tamworth acting crime manager Detective Inspector John Summers slammed the extremely dangerous behaviour.
“The fact that no one was seriously injured or killed was just a stroke of luck,” Detective Summers said.
“We believe up to six youths may have been standing at the intersection around the time.”
Contact police or Crime Stoppers with any information.