THURSDAY 07/26/2018 9:08 a.m.
The Appleton Police Department says a piece of metal debris that injured a 32-year-old woman passenger was a part of a leaf spring believed to be from a heavy-duty or commercial vehicle.
According to police, the spring struck the victim, who was a passenger in the front seat of the vehicle; the driver immediately took the woman to a local hospital.
Two other occupants of the vehicle were not injured.
In an official update, Appleton Police Department says traffic cameras along the road were reviewed:
A citizen contacted investigators to report seeing a piece of metal in the roadway, at approximately the time the incident occurred.
Through the review of video, the timing of the witness seeing the leaf spring was compared to the time of the incident.
It was determined the piece of metal was in the road prior to the victim’s vehicle traveling through the area.
Officers say there is no evidence to show the incident was caused through an intentional act.
The woman remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
MONDAY 7/23/2018 11:18 a.m.
Piece of Metal Flies Through Windshield, Hits Appleton Woman in Head
The Appleton Police Department is investigating how a piece of metal debris ended up on a road and crashed into a driver’s windshield, severely injuring a female passenger.
It happened on Saturday afternoon on Calumet Street, east of the road’s intersection with Schaefer Street.
The metal object flew up off the street, bounced on the hood of the car a 32 year-old Appleton woman was riding in, then burst through the windshield and struck the woman’s head.
Appleton Police say the metal object is heavy and appears to be a piece of a suspension off of another car.
The woman is severely injured and recovering in the hospital. Police say she was on her way to shop for birthday presents with her family.
“You have a family that was simply going to go to the store to pick up some birthday presents…and all of a sudden everything turned on a dime literally for this family,” Sergeant David Lund with the Appleton Police Department said.
Appleton Police checked on the woman in the hospital and retrieved the metal object on the road.
“In this case, it sounds like the driver was doing everything right and this was just kind of one of those freak incidents that you hear about,” Lund said.
Investigators don’t believe the object was intentionally left on the road. They will be reviewing nearby street cameras to see where it may have come from.
If you have any information about the incident, contact the Appleton Police Department.