Driver’s windshield struck by flying hammer on Garden State Parkway

A driver narrowly avoided serious injury Thursday after his car's windshield was struck by a flying hammer on the Garden State Parkway in Woodbridge.



Anthony DiFabio says he was driving northbound on the Parkway just south of Exit 135 when a hammer came flying at his windshield and struck it. The hammer actually became lodged in the glass.



"I'm lucky to be alive. I'm glad I'm not dead," he says. "If someone is throwing hammers off bridges, they should take care of that...I heard last week that someone on the Turnpike was actually killed."



DiFabio was referring to Hamilton Township resident Jack DeCarlo, who was struck by a 50-pound dumbbell that crashed through his windshield Jan. 9 on the New Jersey Turnpike in Salem County. DeCarlo died Tuesday from his injuries.



New Jersey State Police say are still investigating where the dumbbell came from. They say that there is no evidence that it was deliberately thrown.



State police are also investigating DiFabio's hammer incident to see if the hammer was deliberately thrown or fell off the back of a vehicle.


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