Brett Nicholls with the windsreen that was smashed by an object thrown at the car on Whakatu Drive on Wednesday. Photo: Simon Bloomberg

Thrown can ‘gave us a hell of a fright’


Police are warning that anyone who throws a missile at a moving vehicle needs to think about the consequences of their actions, after a car was struck by a object on Whakatu Drive near Nelson last week.

Richmond’s Brett Nicholls was driving a Toyota Hilux south on Whakatu Drive on Wednesday when an object hit the windscreen, showering him and his passenger with glass.

Although Brett didn’t see anyone throwing the can full of drink, it appeared to come out of the bushes on the side of the road just south of the Songer St overbridge.

“It gave us a hell of a fright,” Brett says.

He says the can “sounded like a gun shot” inside the car.

“We didn’t see anyone throw it but there were no other cars around and it seemed to come out of the bushes on the side of the road. We were travelling at 100kmh so it hit with a lot of force – it could have been really dangerous.

“I didn’t swerve when it hit but you could see how something like that could force you off the road. We were lucky it didn’t go right through the windscreen and hit one of us.”

Although Brett says he didn’t report the incident to the police, senior sergeant John Price says they take this kind of offences very seriously.

John says throwing an object at a moving car can result in injuries or even fatalities and offenders face serious charges if they are caught.

“People who throw objects at vehicles aren’t thinking about the consequences which can be very serious. You have a tonne of steel moving at 100kmh and something hits it, people can get killed.”

Depending on the circumstances, John says the offenders who threw the object at Brett’s car could face up to seven years in prison.

He says a 14-year-old boy was found guilty of manslaughter after throwing a piece of concrete at a moving car and killing the driver in Auckland in 2005.