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Rock Thrown From Overpass Kills Mom in Front of 3 Kids

Texas case is being treated as murder
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2019 4:35 AM CDT
Updated Mar 12, 2019 6:33 AM CDT
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(Newser) – In a horrific incident in Texas on Saturday, a mother was fatally injured in front of her boyfriend and their three children by a rock thrown onto their vehicle on Interstate 35 near Temple. The large rock "struck and entered the vehicle’s windshield, making contact with the front seat passenger, and causing significant injuries," police said in a press release. Keila Ruby Flores, 33, was hospitalized after the incident around 8:40pm Saturday and died Sunday morning, KWTX reports. Boyfriend Christopher Rodriguez was driving and the children, the youngest of them 6 years old, were in the backseat.

Police in Temple say they are treating the death as a homicide and they have appealed for information on the suspect who threw the rock from a railroad overpass, the BBC reports. Rodriguez says that at first, he didn't know what had happened. "It happened so fast. I didn't even know what ... came through the windshield until I stopped and when I pulled Keila out of the car, that's when I saw the rock stop on her lap," he tells KXXV. He says he performed CPR with the help of a good Samaritan who stopped when he flagged his car. (In November, a Tennessee man on his way to work was killed by concrete thrown from a bridge.)

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