Man confronts boy who threw rock at windshield

September 6, 2011 5:53:35 AM PDT
A West Side father took what could have resulted in serious crash and turned it into a life lesson for a young boy.

As a musician, Wilbert Crosby has travelled around the world to perform for international audiences, but it seems his most dangerous trip was just a few miles from his home.

It happed as Crosby was driving his Chevy Astrovan westbound on the Eisenhower Expressway Sunday morning. He says he noticed a couple of kids looking over the edge of the Kedzie overpass. Moments later, he heard what he thought was a gunshot, but it was a rock that hit his windshield and shattered it.

"It happened so quick, I didn't have a chance to get scared," Crosby said.

Crosby says that while he was thankful it didn't cause a serious accident, he was furious. He exited the expressway, doubled back and confronted the children -- a 12-year-old boy and his younger sister.

"I said, 'Which one of you all threw that brick?' And the young lady said, 'Am I gonna be in trouble?' I said, 'You're gonna be in big trouble if you don't tell the truth.' She said 'He did it,'" Crosby said.

With that, Crosby marched the 12-year-old one block over to the police station at Harrison and Kedzie, and filled out a police report.

"I took him in the station and at the same time I was trying to explain to him that there are repercussions for everything that you do," Crosby said. "If you let them get away with that, what are they gonna do next? Start shooting at cars on the expressway?" Crosby said.

Crosby, a father of four, says he saw a chance to teach a lesson about responsibility and hopes the experience will have a positive impact on the youngster's life.

In the meantime, he's waiting to replace the windshield, and is hoping the boy's family will help offset the cost. If they don't, he said the boy can by doing odd jobs around the house.

"My house needs painting. He can paint with my sons," Crosby said.

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