A Brunswick County man was transported to a Lincoln County hospital Wednesday evening after deputies said someone threw a large rock through a car window and injured him while he was traveling down U.S. 321.
A department press release stated that the victim, Pearlie Nailer, 56, of Leland, had been riding in a pickup truck traveling northbound on the Lincoln County roadway around 7 p.m., when a 5-inch high, 5-inch wide rock, weighing nearly one-pound, came barreling through the windshield, striking him in the stomach.
The rock hit Nailer while his friend, Charles Edward Self of Reiglewood, had been driving somewhere between mile marker 20 and 24, deputies said.
Neither two men spotted anyone along the side of the roadway.
Nailer was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln and later released, deputies said.
In the press release, Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Johnson, head of Criminal Investigations, noted the severity of such an uncommon incident.
“Someone’s life could have easily been taken,” he said.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 732-9050 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 736-8909. Tips may remain anonymous, and any tips leading to an arrest could result in a $1,000 reward.