'Maniac' targets women drivers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 May 2011

Katie Horn - car smash

Katie Horn - car smash

Katie Horn

A DANGEROUS 'maniac' caused women drivers to fear for their lives by throwing objects at their cars as they travelled along a busy Weston road.

Police are hunting the mystery man who hurled broken pieces of a skateboard into the windscreens of female drivers travelling at 40mph along 
Marchfields Way on April 19.

Three women were left shocked after being forced to make emergency stops following the bizarre incident - and now one victim’s family is offering a £1,000 reward to see the culprit convicted.

Katie Horn, aged 21, was heading home into Weston at about 9pm when she noticed a man, aged between 18 and his early 20s, dawdling at the side of the road ahead, near Staples.

The former Churchill Community School student said: “I thought he looked strange and then all of a sudden I was shocked as I heard a loud noise and my windscreen shattered.

“My heart was racing and I slammed on the brakes and pulled over. Luckily there were not many cars about as there could have been a serious accident.

“If the object had hit slightly more to the left it would have gone through my side window and hit me in the face and I might not be here now. I could have died.”

Just minutes later the man did the same thing to another motorist, a 24-year-old woman, and her screen was also shattered and she pulled over alongside Katie.

Katie, an assistant chiropractor, said: “The woman was hysterical and crying and we were both just so shocked. What this maniac did was so dangerous.”

Police arrived within five minutes but the culprit had fled.

The police collected the objects, which turned out to be halves of a skateboard and forensic testing is now being carried out.

A similar incident was reported by another woman at 9.30pm.

A member of Katie’s family is now offering a £1,000 reward for information which leads to prosecution, in the hope someone will come forward.

The man had dark brown hair, was about 5ft 8in tall and was wearing long surfer-style shorts.

A police spokesman said: “We are appealing for help from anyone who may have seen anything at the time. These are serious incidents which could have caused a collision and someone could have been injured.”

If you can help the police with their enquiries please call 0845 4567000.

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