A nurse from Feltham has been left traumatised after she said rocks were thrown at her car while she was driving along the M3.
Mary Jane Casuga was driving to work at St Peter’s Hospital on Saturday (August 10) at around 7pm when her car was hit not once, but twice, by rocks being thrown from a bridge above the motorway.
She has been working at the hospital, in Chertsey, for the past nine years and always takes the M3 as it is the quickest way to get to work. However, she says she is now “too scared” to drive along the same route.
The 48-year-old said: “I was driving on the M3 and I saw the last bridge, and because it was so windy at the time, I was driving at 60 to 70mph.
“Then, all of a sudden, I heard a big bang on my windscreen and I was so scared. I thought it was a bullet initially – the impact on me was like a bullet.
“I came off the exit on the M3 and joined the M25 to turn around to go home. On the way back, I was hit again – both ways in the same place.”
Mrs Casuga’s vehicle was one of many to be targeted over the weekend, with at least five other vehicles left with broken windscreens and side windows.
She said she initially thought she was being “targeted by a criminal” and burst into tears because she did not know what to do.
“It was really, really scary,” she said. “I was crying because I did not know what to do.”
“My husband is in the Philippines on holiday and I was thinking what to do. I wanted to find out what was going on. I have used the M3 for the past nine years and this has never happened to me before.”
Vehicles using the M3 were damaged due to a “group of youths throwing rocks from the side of the motorway”, police said.
The Surrey Roads Policing Unit (RPU) tweeted at around 8.45pm on Saturday (August 10) that officers had been dealing with vehicles that had been damaged on the motorway.
The RPU said the incident happened on the M3 at around 7.15pm on Saturday evening, between Junction 1 Sunbury and Junction 2 M25.
Police have since identified a group of three or four suspects, described as being white males, aged 13-16 years old, wearing white tops. One of them did not have a top on.
They were seen standing next to the M3 hard shoulder just south of the Littleton Lane Road bridge. However, Mrs Casuga wants reassurance that her car will not be targeted again.
She said: “I am happy I was not hurt, but it has traumatised me. Right now I am too scared to drive on the M3. How can the police of Surrey ensure us it does not happen again?.
“If these kids are doing this kind of thing, something should be done on this kind of bridge.”
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Surrey Police issued an appeal for information earlier this week, encouraging parents to remind their children how dangerous it is to throw objects from motorway bridges.
Inspector Ken Bates from Surrey Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “This is an extremely dangerous thing this is to do, and I would urge parents to impress upon their children the recklessness of throwing objects from bridges and to know where their children are and who they are with, particularly during school holidays.
“This type of incident can, and has, ended in tragedy and I cannot stress how dangerous this is, particularly on the motorways where vehicles are travelling at higher speeds.
“We are concerned that someone will be seriously injured and will be taking measures to deter anyone from doing this as well as dealing robustly with anyone caught doing this.
“If you see anyone throwing objects from motorway bridges, please note down their description and then get in touch with us as soon as possible.
“We would also like to hear from anyone with any dashcam footage of the incidents in progress or anyone with any other information.”
Anyone with information should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference number PR/P19183019. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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