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Mother has rock thrown at windscreen while driving on main road

Rachel Murphy’s five-year-old daughter was with her in the car at the time.

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A WOMAN AND her daughter had a lucky escape last night while driving on a national main road when a rock was thrown at their car.

Rachel Murphy was driving on the N3 road at Clonee, Co Meath, yesterday evening when the large rock was thrown at her windscreen.

Ongar native Rachel managed to bring her vehicle to a stop without losing control. Her five-year-old daughter Bobbi, who was a passenger in the back seat, was very upset by the incident, but both were otherwise unhurt.

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“I pulled the car into the slip road for Clonee,” she says.

There was another driver pulled in and his window had been cracked as well, though not as badly as mine – he was able to get his car home.
The speed limit is 100 km/h on that road, thank God I had slowed for the exit. As it was it smacked the front window and shattered it and rained glass on us.

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30-year-old Rachel says she “kind of froze” when the rock struck her car.

“I didn’t realise what was happening. If I’d swerved, there was traffic all around me, it could have killed people,” she says.

The rock which was thrown at Rachel’s car came from the bushes at the side of the road, she says. She immediately reported the incident to the gardaí, while her car was too badly damaged to be driven further and had to be towed.

“When we got out there were about five big rocks on the side of the road, along with bits of wood and broken pieces of a toy car, the kind a child would drive,” she says.

If it’s a kids’ game then that’s a bit worrying.
What I would want from this is to hopefully reach the people who did it, and show them how close a call it was. This is no joke.

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