Trucker injured after cup thrown through windshield
05/10/2012 - 3:27:27 pm
Richard Bolduc of Saint Peters, MO, sustained injuries to his eyes and face, but was able to pull his truck over and out of traffic before he fell to the ground on U.S. 271. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Plano, TX.
Eyewitness Kate Gibson of Bogata, TX, and her boyfriend, Mitch Cannon, were behind Bolduc on 271 when they noticed an object strike his windshield, then saw him pull off the road quickly in front of them.
“We jumped out of our truck and we realized that he was down on the ground, and that there was a hole in the windshield,” Gibson told Land Line on Wednesday, May 9. “Then when we were getting things out of the truck, we noticed pieces of a cup and straw in the bunk.”
Gibson said she didn’t see the vehicle or person who might have thrown the cup, just the object as it hit Bolduc’s windshield.
Gibson is also taking care of Bolduc’s two Chihuahuas, who were with him in the truck, until he can pick them up.
“His first thought when he got his bearings was what happened, if anyone else was injured, his dogs, calling his wife,” Gibson said. “We weren’t going to leave him stranded on the side of the road. No one needs to be treated that way.”
By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line Magazine staff writer