Checotah Family Has Close Call After Bowling Ball Thrown From Overpass

Sunday, November 14th 2010, 2:21 pm
By: News On 6

Lacie Lowry, News On 6

CHECOTAH, Oklahoma -- A Checotah man said he was scared for his son's life after someone threw a bowling ball at the family's truck.

Greg Odom and his 4-year-old son were riding around on Veteran's Day when someone threw the bowling ball off an overpass on I-40 and it hit the roof and windshield of the truck.

"Basically just an explosion." Odom said, describing the sound.

Odom's son said the impact of the ball hitting the truck gave him quite a surprise.

"Just a big boom... and when it made that sound, it just made my ears fall off," 4-year-old Clyde Odom said.

The bowling ball crashed into the windshield, making the glass explode everywhere right where 4-year-old Clyde was sitting.

"I was just feeling of his face and looking at his body to see, because I just knew that something had come through and hurt him. It was a miracle that it didn't," Odom said.

Odom pulled over and out of rage and scrambled up to the bridge to see who dropped the bowling ball.

"I was almost like in kill mode when I ran up there, I was just ready to hurt someone over that," he said.

But he didn't see anyone or any vehicles. Authorities have nothing to go on.

Odom is left with shards of the bowling ball, thousands of dollars in damages and a truckload of 'what ifs.

'They almost killed a four year old kid in a horrific way and it would have destroyed a family," Odom said

The bowling ball hit Odom's truck so hard that part of it bounced back up on top of the bridge.

You can still see some of the pieces on the highway. Odom plans to offer reward money to find whoever did this.

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