Couple 'could have been killed' by brick thrown from van
"IT could have killed us," exclaimed a shocked couple after a brick was thrown at their car.
Edward Sheppard, 59, and his wife Jenny, 55, were driving from Newent towards Gloucester at around 11pm when their Vauxhall Zafira was hit by an object which looked like a brick.
Mr Sheppard, of London Road, Gloucester, said: "It happened between Malswick and Upleadon, just past the garage.
"All of a sudden this brick came flying out of the driver's window of this Transit van as it passed us on the opposite side of the road, and there was this horrendous bang.
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"My wife and I began panicking. First of all I thought it might have been a burst tyre or something to do with the steering, but I was still in control of the car.
"There was a lot of traffic behind me so I carried on driving until I was able to stop at the well-lit bus stop in Highnam."
Although there was no serious damage, he discovered a large chip on the bumper and his headlight on the driver's side was cracked.
Mr Sheppard, now retired, said: "If the brick had come through the windscreen, it could have killed either of us.
"It is terrible to think what could have happened."
He described the actions of the occupant of the van who threw the brick as "idiotic".
"It will cost about £150 to repair the damage to my car," he said. "And as I don't work any more it is money that I will have to save up for a few months."
The couple said they will continue to use the road, as they have grandchildren and family in Newent.
Mr Sheppard, however, said that he will be more cautious in the future.
He added that he has driven on the road for many years and has never experienced any incident like the one on Monday night.