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Mother, son injured after ketchup bottle thrown through windshield

(Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Dept.) (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Dept.)
(Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Dept.) (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Dept.)
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A McCracken County family is trying to figure out what let up to a large bottle of ketchup being thrown at their car, shattering their windshield.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, Brittanie McLeod and her 7-year-old son were driving on Ogden Landing Road a little before 9 p.m. on Thursday.

The sheriff's department reports a truck approached McLeod's vehicle from the other way, and when it got close enough, someone through the ketchup bottle.

McLeod said it was a horrifying incident.

"All I can think about is the screaming I just keep hearing it," McLeod said. "It could have killed my son." 

McLeod says she keeps reliving the moment. 

"I covered my face and I ducked," said Bryce McLeod. "One minute it was me and mom talking and the next thing I knew it came flying through the windshield," said Bryce. "It scared me." 

After the incident, McLeod said she pulled over and ran to a house to call 911. 

She said the bottle was glass but did not shatter. 

However, she says somehow the lid popped off on impact. 

"When I first looked at him I thought it was blood covering his face but it was the ketchup," McLeod said. 

The sheriff's department says the bottle shattered McLeod's windshield and then shattered inside her vehicle. 

On Friday, shards of glass still covered the seat. 

"Everything smells like ketchup," said Bryce, McLeod's son.

Both McLeod and her son sustained minor injuries from the glass fragments and were taken to Western Baptist Hospital that evening.

"We just had some cuts," said Bryce. "We rode in the ambulance. I feel like we were very lucky." 

The sheriff's department is still looking for a suspect.

If you know anything about this incident, you're asked to call the McCracken County Sheriff's Department at 444-4719, or Crimestoppers at 443-TELL. 

"This isn't funny at all this is serious," said McLeod. "What kind of person does that? We could have really been hurt if that bottle had hit us. I'm just glad my son is alright he means the world to me. I feel like someone knows who did it and I hope the authorities find out who it is because I don't want another kid to get hurt. I'll never forget that scream." 

Anyone with information leading to the arrest and/or conviction may be eligible for a reward up to $1000.

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