A 17-year-old Centralia teen was charged this morning in Marion County court with a string of Class 2 felonies in connection with throwing objects off an overpass and onto the road and passing vehicles over the weekend.
Zackary Schilling is charged with four counts vehicular endangerment and three counts burglary. His bail has been set at $10,000.
Reports from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department say Schilling and two other teens threw multiple items off Interstate 57 overpasses at Nation Road, south of Salem and Oak Grove Road, south of Kinmundy.
An estimated 20 to 25 vehicles were either struck by thrown items or hit items after they had fallen to the road below the overpasses, resulting in one known injury.
A truck driver reportedly had glass get into his eye after his windshield was shattered at an overpass north of Salem. In another case, a cinder block crashed through the windshield of a semi and landed in the passenger seat.
Two felony burglary charges against Schilling are the result of deputies reporting that two of the three teens, one of whom is believed to be Schilling, broke into sports concession stands in both Salem and Centralia where they took many of the items that they allegedly threw over the overpass.
Reports indicate items thrown included rolls of paper towels and toilet paper, to cinder blocks, to a case of water and full containers of Kool-Aid and bottles of soda.
A concrete statue was also thrown onto the highway. While it didn’t hit a vehicle, a vehicle did run into it a short time later while it was lying on the roadway.
Reports indicate damage from the vandalism spree could be as much as $100,000.