A 20-year-old Colorado woman was killed when someone threw a rock through her windshield while she was driving.
Alexa Barthel is the latest victim in Thursday’s series of apparently random attacks on cars in Jefferson County, Colorado, according to the sheriff’s office.
“These are not sports. These are people’s lives, and what happened last night should never have happened,” Jackie Kelly, public information officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), told FOX21 Colorado Springs. “We don’t know who these suspects are, why they are trying to do this, but they killed someone last night, and we want to know who they are.”
The JCSO said that between 12 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Thursday, a suspect or suspects driving a light-colored truck or SUV threw stones at five different cars, injuring several drivers and at around 10:45 p.m. Barthel died at 10600 block of Indiana Street. a press release.
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Bartel was driving while talking to his friend on the phone and then became silent.
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His friend tracked Bartel’s location via his phone and found his vehicle on the side of the road. A 20-year-old girl died inside.
“Her friend was worried, so her friend, who used an app to track her phone, went to the location where it looked like Alexa’s phone was still sitting,” Kelly told the outlet. “He learned that Alexa’s car had been pulled off the road into a field in Indiana. And then he discovered her body inside.”
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Officials described the rock that struck Bartel’s vehicle as a landscaping rock. fox21,
Bartel’s high school friend Emily Audet told FOX31 Denver that the 20-year-old victim “really made an impression on people.”
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“It doesn’t feel real,” said Audette. “She was always just someone you could go to about anything, someone you could always talk to. She was everyone’s friend and made everyone laugh.”
Colorado officials are still searching for suspects in the attacks and are asking anyone with information to contact the JCSO tip line at 303-271-5612.