Driver On 110 Freeway Paralyzed After Brick Goes Through His Windshield
Earlier this year, Jose Osuna was driving northbound on the 110 freeway in Highland Park near Avenue 43 when a brick came crashing through his windshield. He was struck in the head, and his car went careening into a center divider. Osuna was in a coma for two months following the accident, and while he's awake now, he remains wheelchair-bound and unable to speak. Doctors say he'll never recover from his injuries, according to a Fox 11 report.
As reported by Fox 11, a homeless man named Rudy Simental, Jr. is accused of throwing the brick that hit Osuna. Simental had had a history of throwing objects onto the 110 from a bridge that overlooked the freeway. According to police documents, people accuse Simental of having thrown objects onto the freeway on multiple occasions. Witnesses claimed he once tossed a shopping cart onto the road, and that he'd dropped a telephone pole onto an off ramp so that it would roll into oncoming cars.
It wasn't until after the Osuna incident that Simental was arrested. Simental currently faces two felony counts of intent to cause great harm and assault with a deadly weapon. Authorities say that he has a history of mental illness.
LAist contacted California Highway Patrol about Simental's arrest, but they were unable to provide information at the moment. We will provide an update once we have more information.