Car damaged in February while driving on Red Mountain Expressway

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The only thing standing between Miranda Lucas and a business trip to Auburn was about two hours of driving. She was looking forward to securing funding for a musical artist she manages, when her own funds suddenly took a hit.

“We were driving down Highway 31, heading to Auburn, and all I heard was a gunshot as I crossed the bridge,” said Lucas.

Initially, she didn’t think anything of it. However, at the urging of her passenger, she pulled over to check out her car. She saw dents and scrapes that weren’t there three miles before.

“It was weird,” she said. “It was like, did that really just happen?”

She and her friend tried to retrace their tracks to see if they had hit something on the overpass, when Lucas said she heard a second gunshot-like sound. Her car had been struck again.

“I got angry for a moment. I was like, ‘Now, I have to file this insurance claim and file my deductible, and we don’t know who did it,’” she said.

After the second attack, she called the police and filed a damage report. Her experience is similar to several drivers along the Red Mountain Expressway over the last month, others claiming rocks and cinder blocks have been hurled at their cars from above overpasses.

“It’s sad that someone is getting a laugh out of scaring people,” said Lucas.

No arrests have been made in this series of attacks, however, Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department says the south precinct will increase its visibility over the weekend to deter, or potentially catch, anyone trying to carry out similar acts.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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