Bill outlawing bridge attacks heads to Oklahoma House

Monday, March 24th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Legislation that stiffens the penalty for throwing objects off overpasses and bridges is headed to the Oklahoma House.

The measure was approved Monday by a House public safety committee. It was previously passed by the Senate.

The bill is known as the Cindi Broaddus Act. It was inspired by injuries Broaddus suffered when a jar of sulfuric acid was tossed through her windshield nearly two years ago.

She and a friend, Jim Maxwell, were headed to Oklahoma City when the acid was dropped from an overpass on the HE Bailey Turnpike. Broaddus was severely burned and has undergone 13 operations since the attack. Maxwell also was injured.

Broaddus is the sister-in-law of television psychologist Phil McGraw, or "Doctor Phil."