Driver killed after stone allegedly thrown from Nashville bridge falls through his windshield

Jaimie-lee Prince
Nov 21, 2018
03:36 P.M.

Joe Shelton Jr. was killed when a concrete chunk fell through his vehicle and hit him in the face. Police allege that the large slab was thrown from an overpass.


Before Shelton left for work on Tuesday, he told his wife Kim goodbye for the last time. Kim was Shelton's high school sweetheart before they got married. His family described the deceased as a "wonderful husband and father."

Fox 17 reports that Shelton, 54 was on his way to the Smyrna Nissan plant in Tennessee. According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, he was driving his Nissan GT-R supercar.

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The department says the incident occurred around 5 a.m. The chunk of concrete smashed through Shelton's car. He then sideswiped a Toyota pickup truck before finally hitting a guardrail on the I-24 Silliman Evans Bridge.

Bridge inspectors of the Tennessee Transportation Department bridge did an analysis. They found that the concrete was closer in resemblance to a roadway curb than any part of the Shelby Avenue Bridge.


Police investigators do not have confirmation that someone threw the rock. But they are going through surveillance footage of the area in hopes of finding a suspect.

They reached out to the public. They are asking that anyone with information call 615-742-7463.

Shelton's company, the Nissan Group of North America, released this statement of condolences:


"We are saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. Our deepest sympathies are with his family members, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."

Back in March 2018, another freak accident occurred when a motorist fatally crashed his Tesla electric SUV. The vehicle's hood was ripped off and the front wheels were sent flying on the freeway.

Despite the company's warnings, it appeared the driver did not have his hands on the steering wheel for six seconds before the crash. It was on autopilot when it hit the barrier in Mountain View, California.


Later in July, another boulder fell through a vehicle. This time there were a couple of victims. Karen Jean Christiansen, 67, and her daughter Jena Helene Christiansen, 32, were going on a family trip to Rosemount, Minnesota.

The 600 to 800-pound boulder fell from a truck ahead of them and crashed through their car. They both died of blunt force head trauma. Police identified the truck's company but it is unknown if they found the driver.


It is unfortunate that the driver did not stop to check the women, or take responsibility for his or her action. A similar difficulty is apparent as police try to find the thrower in Shelton's death. The area was very dark at the time and surveillance footage is limited.

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