Family warns others after ice flies off vehicle, smashes windshield

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BYRON CENTER, Mich. — It's a sound one West Michigan woman says she'll never forget: the loud cracking noise as a piece of ice flew off another vehicle and struck the windshield of her car.

"It just flew right into my windshield," Kim Krupiczewicz said.

The incident happened after Monday's ice storms, Krupiczewicz was sitting in the passenger seat, while her husband drove her and her daughter, Macy, to Lansing for a college tour.

She says when they pulled over she realized there was glass all over her and the car.

"I had glass in my hair and in my mouth," she said. "When I was trying to talk I was chewing on hard chunks of stuff.  It was all over my clothing and inside the car."

Krupiczewicz is urging drivers to take five extra minutes to make sure their vehicles are completely cleared off during the winter. It's a sentiment shared by the Grand Rapids Police Department.

"We're asking motorists to take a few extra minutes to clear off their vehicles, to not only keep themselves but others safe," said Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Terry Dixon.

The Krupiczewicz's tell FOX 17 they were successful in grabbing the drivers attention after the accident. Both parties pulled over at the nearest exit and waited for police.

At this point, police are still looking into whether the driver with the ice on his roof will be charged.

"I just hope and pray this doesn’t happen to anybody else, because it could be worse next time," Krupiczewicz said adding, "It really makes me sick to my stomach and makes me nervous to drive again."

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10 comments

  • Ms C

    Watch out for semi trucks! That’s how it happened to us. We were lucky we weren’t killed when the big sheet of ice came right through our windshield! It should be a law to clear off your car!

  • J.B.

    its called a safe following distance and driving the conditions.
    shit happens….even if you clean your vehicle off…ice builds up….
    tailgaters dont have time to react.
    she is lucky it wasn’t a semi tire blow out and delam.

    • Joe Canuski

      Spot on JB….just common sense or should I say UNcommon sense….tailgaters, texters and idoits rule the roads, not to mention the morons that want to make a law for everything…c’mon MS C…

      • J.B.

        yep…even in good conditions you are supposed to be 3 seconds behind the next vehicle..at 65mph that is 560ft..
        in crap conditions..you are supposed to double that to 6 seconds lead time = 576 ft ..

        Standard DMV info there…

        Am i the only one who had to take this test?!? lol…i sometimes wonder.

    • Matthew

      Maybe you should stick to armchair quarterbacking instead of armchair lawyering. Because it is clear you know nothing about law.

      It has been amply demonstrated in the courts that depending on the speed and configuration of the ice sheet itself as well as prevailing weather conditions (particularly wind speed and direction), following at what is normally considered to be a “safe distance” is not always enough. In addition, since the determination of that safe distance is made by the driver of the vehicle, that driver has legal grounds for making certain reasonable expectations regarding the safe operating conditions of the other vehicles on the road. That includes the reasonable expectation that the operators of the other vehicles have taken due care to maintain their vehicles in an operating condition which does not present a clear hazard to other drivers. Failing to clear it of ice and snow is no different in the eyes of the court than not tying down a sheet of plywood or a mattress…it is negligence. The driver of any such vehicle can be prosecuted for it *even if the ice and snow has not left the vehicle* and they can be held liable for any damage or injury that does occur as a result of that negligence. If they fail to stop when it occurs that constitutes leaving the scene of an accident as well. So you should always get the license number, even if no damage was done and you do not plan on pressing charges.

      • J.B.

        i do not know what arm chair lawyer’ing you are accusing me of…
        all the info i posted is on the SOS/DMV driving test…
        maybe you should sue them for posting legally liable information as you seem like a professionally litigious individual and good at completely disregarding the “personal” liability angle in your free legal advice…;)