Cinder Crimes Leave Dangerous Mark on Victims

8:14 PM, Jan 22, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Richland County deputies say so far in January, they've had reports of 10 different 'cinder crimes' that leave a sure sign of impact.

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On Tuesday, deputies said they are looking for a white male driving a white or silver pickup.  They added the pickup may have damage on the side.

"If something is heavy and is going really fast, it's going to hurt," said Mark Bennett who works with Mad Science.  "When the brick goes down, it's got the aid of gravity to make it hurt even more along with the fact that you're going in the opposite direction.  So, you're going to have a very big collision."

The impact of the collision is exaggerated because of two combined forces: the force of gravity on the brick falling from the bridge and the force of a car driving toward a falling block.

"If you've ever run into anyone while playing a sport, it's going to hurt much worse than if you just tripped and fell because it's a direct hit," said Bennett.

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