Shattered I-90 sunroof frightens driver, but remains a mystery



Posted on June 4, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 2:17 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- A driver experienced a terrifying moment on her routine commute along I-90 in Spokane Wednesday morning when something fell from the sky and shattered her sunroof.

The car owner, Liz Beck, was driving to work along Eastbound I-90 when something hit her car.

“I heard a big thud and started getting showered with glass immediately after that,” Beck said.

Beck managed to call 911 and drove her car to the shoulder, but said she could not remember the moments immediately after the glass shattered.

“Pretty frightening, pretty scary,” she said. “I didn’t know if somebody was shooting at me or what was going on.”

Washington State Patrol arrived and helped Beck get her car to a body shop. The cause of damage remained a mystery.

Beck thought someone may have been standing on a bridge crossing above the freeway, but was not sure what they might have thrown that could go through an enclosing fence and still create so much damage.

Washington State Patrol officers said cases like Beck’s can be hard to investigate when there is not a witness. Authorities reminded anyone who ever sees someone throwing things onto streets or highways to call law enforcement immediately.

The incident left Beck rattled. It happened just days after she got rear-ended and it was only the sixth time she had driven her car in 2014. She said perhaps it was time for her to take a break from driving.

“I don’t know if I’m going to get behind the wheel for a while,” she said.

While the ordeal was frightening for Beck, no one was injured and no other vehicles were involved.