MI: Stray pellets strike car; police suspect turkey hunter
May 7, 2010
Stray pellets strike Swartz Creek couple's car; police suspect wayward
FLINT TOWNSHIP, Michigan -- Due to the rain, Genny and Ken Harrington
decided to drive to the Genesee Valley Center this morning for a brisk
indoor walk when they were startled by a loud noise and felt something
hitting the car.
Ken Harrington, 81, was steering their Malibu north on Linden Road, just
south of I-69, when the intrusion occurred around 8:45 a.m.. Later, they
counted 65 little dents on the car's driver's side.
Township Police believe the Harringtons were victims of a wayward turkey
hunter armed with a shotgun.
"I suspect that this was just a random incident involving a hunter that
probably wasn't using the best judgment," said Sgt. Jim Baldwin.
The area, approaching the township's commercial district, has some open
spaces around it and a nearby trailer park. But no hunting is allowed
anywhere nearby, he said.
"We're just going to keep on the look-out that people aren't hunting
there," he said. Genny Harrington, 73, said she and her husband, who live in
Swartz Creek, were shaken up but were uninjured.
"My husband had thought someone had just thrown something at the car,"
said Genny Harrington, adding she was grateful her husband maintained
control of the vehicle during the unexpected "loud noise" striking their
"Yes, we're fine. But we didn't walk as much as we normally do," she
said. "I don't need anything more like that."
Baldwin asks that anyone who hears of hunting in the area should call the
police department at 600-3250.
The spring season for hunting wild turkeys started in April..
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