Rock attack as family drives home
A NIGHT at the hockey almost ended in tragedy for Seelands man Graham Felton after his car was pelted with rocks during an unprovoked attack on Saturday.
It was about 8.10pm when Graham, his wife, Tiffany, and their two children, aged three and 10, pulled onto the Grafton Bridge.
The family had attended an evening hockey game in town and were heading south when they suddenly heard a 'mighty bang'.
Graham looked up and saw a large, egg-shaped crack in the window.
“My first reaction was to look around and make sure everyone was intact,” he said.
“When I saw the windscreen, I knew what had happened.”
Graham said he later discovered a friend had been through a similar experience in the same location, about half an hour earlier.
Grafton Police Sergeant Chris Tuite said police received about half a dozen notifications of rocks being thrown at cars on the Grafton Bridge between 7.30pm and 10pm on Saturday.
No residents filed an official report.
Although extra police patrols were sent to both ends of the bridge, the troublemakers managed to evade capture.
Sergeant Tuite said it appeared the vandals had thrown rocks from the gardens near the approach to the bridge.
While no one was injured in the attacks, Sergeant Tuite said the senseless act could have caused a serious accident.
He said although rock throwing had occurred in other towns across NSW, it was unusual for it to happen in Grafton.
“Everybody knows how serious this can be and the dangers it can present,” he said.
“Hopefully it was an isolated incident.”
Graham Felton is only now coming to terms with the gravity of the crime, replaying the incident over and over in his head.
“The rock was thrown right in front of my wife's face, while she was driving,” he said.
“We're lucky she didn't swerve into the other lane and we were going slow ... it could have gone right through the glass.
“Our lives could've been changed; it's scary to think about what could have happened.”
Police have encouraged anyone with information to contact Grafton Police on 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.