Lucky escape for Grantham couple whose car window was shattered by a ball bearing shot while travelling at 65mph on the A1
A man and wife escaped serious injury when a ball bearing was fired through their car window as they travelled at 65mph on the A1.
The window of Jon Bishop’s black Kia Ceed shattered, sending shards of glass into the face of his wife, Stephanie Bishop, causing cuts and lacerations.
The bearing, fired from a gun or catapult, was later found embedded in the rear child seat, which is often where the couple’s grandchildren travel.
Mr Bishop, 68, said they were lucky to have avoided serious injury, or worse, and were thankful the child seat wasn’t occupied.
Mr Bishop was driving north from their home in Manthorpe to a hospital appointment at Lincoln with his wife when the incident happened at about 2.45pm last Wednesday.
It was just before the Coddington bridge turn off.
“We are just counting our lucky stars,” said Mr Bishop.
“Counting our lucky stars that my wife wasn’t more seriously injured, that the baby seat was empty, and that I was able to keep control of the car.
“It was a pretty traumatic experience for my wife.
“My wife was suddenly bleeding from the head and had been shot. I looked across and the window was just shattered. She was bleeding and there were shards of glass in her hair.
“I pulled off the A1 at Coddington and reported it to the police.”
The Bishops then carried on to their appointment.
“At the time I was seeing the consultant, his nurse was administering to my wife, cleaning up her head wound and picking shards of glass out,” said Mr Bishop.
Mr Bishop believes the shot was fired from the region of a children’s play area at Coddington.
He is appealing for anyone with information about those responsible, or who witnessed anything suspicious, to contact police so a more serious incident could be prevented in the future.
“Thankfully I was able to keep control of the car. If I hadn’t, the results could have been catastrophic,” he said.
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