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Woman injured, man charged after object thrown from Whitemud overpass: EPS

A 34-year-old man is facing an aggravated assault charge among others after a woman was injured Wednesday when a large metal object was thrown from the 53 Avenue overpass over Whitemud Drive on Wednesday onto a vehicle.

Police on Thursday arrested and charged Getnet Teklay with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and mischief endangering life, the Edmonton Police Service said in a media release Friday afternoon.

EPS said it received a report on Wednesday that the object had been thrown from the south-side overpass — site of a rash of similar incidents over the last two months — and crashed through the windshield of a moving vehicle, striking the woman who was sitting in the back seat next to an infant.

She was taken to hospital with a serious, non-life-threatening injury, police said.

EPS said officers are investigating whether Wednesday’s incident is related to nine others involving objects thrown from the overpass.

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