L-R: Kyle Anger, Mikadyn Payne, Alexander Miller, Mark Sekelsky and Trevor Gray were charged with murder. Anger allegedly threw the rock that killed White
Five teenagers from Michigan who tossed rocks from a highway overpass killing a father of four on his way home from work have been charged with murder.
The teen boys range in age from 15 to 17, but will be charged as adults with second degree murder, malicious destruction of property and conspiracy.
They have been identified as Alexander Miller, Mikadyn Payne, Trevor Gray, Mark Sekelsky and Kyle Anger.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton told WXYZ that Anger is the one who tossed the six pound rock that crashed through the windshield of the van and struck Kenneth White.
Kenneth White was killed after five teens threw a rock from a highway overpass hitting the vehicle. He was a passenger in the van
Kenneth White sustained a broken skull, brain damage and a cut on his chest
The 32-year-old father of four was 10 minutes away from home after completing a two-hour commute – travelling from Au Gres where he worked to his home in Mount Morris when the rock struck the vehicle as it approached the Dodge Road overpass. White’s co-worker was the one driving.
The rock allegedly was tossed by a group of teen boys from atop the overpass threw a large rock that struck him.
The rock hit White in the face and chest. A medical examiner determined that he died from blunt force trauma.
His injuries included a broken skull, brain damage and a cut on his chest.
The suspects reportedly, told investigators that they were playing a prank called “dinging,” where they toss rocks to hear them ding the cars travelling below.
Leyton said 20 rocks were thrown with the largest weighing 20 pounds.
“It’s not a prank,” Sheriff Robert Pickell said. “It is second degree murder.”
Authorities said the teens discussed the prank before throwing the rocks, and then went to McDonald’s afterwards.
The teens all entered not guilty pleas in court this morning and will remain in custody after a judge denied bond for each of them.
The teens all face life in prison if convicted.