Local Mother Advocating For Drivers To Slow Down
Jerome, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A local mother is advocating for drivers to slow down in work zones after her daughter narrowly misses being hit in the eye by a rock.
Heidi Hurtado was driving on the Jerome road when she said a speeding car passing by managed to hit a rock, that went into her car and hit her daughter in the face.
The rock hit Shevelle Hurtado right below her eye.
Heidi's window was down due to a non-working air conditioner.
"I tend to look up to see where we are and I looked up and I didn't see it come up and it hit me. I fell into the seat and covered my eye, it hurt so bad. It felt like the size of a golf ball and it was only the size of this” said Shevelle Hurtado, hit by rock.
"People need to realize that whether they can go 40 mph or 50 mph on this road, they're not chipping their car, they're not hurting themselves. But what they don't realize is that everybody who's passing by is getting the rock chips, the rocks through their windows. And they go merrily on their way” said Heidi Hurtado, Mother.
"On seal coat projects where there's a lot of loose gravel, you want to slow down and increase your following distance between you and the cars behind you, that way you're not throwing gravel into the cars behind you or cars coming toward you” said Nathan Jerke, Idaho Transportation.
Jerke adds the speed limits are posted at a reasonable rate for the drivers and workers in the work zone.