Man Accused of Throwing Asphalt from Overpass, Killing Woman in Car

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013  |  Updated 2:31 PM EDT
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Man Accused of Throwing Asphalt from Overpass, Killing Woman

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A man has been accused of killing a woman by throwing a chunk of asphalt through her windshield from a highway overpass.
 
The Westchester district attorney says 26-year-old Alberto Plasencia of Yonkers has been charged with second-degree murder.

 
He was arrested Tuesday, nearly nine years after the fatal crash.
 
Marie McSweeney of Queens was driving south on the Sprain Brook Parkway when a chunk of asphalt 10 inches long slammed through her windshield and hit her in the head in 2004.
 
The car crashed and the 48-year-old McSweeney was killed. Her 87-year-old mother survived.
 
The district attorney's office says new information came to light in 2009 that led to Plasencia's arrest. A spokesman would not elaborate.
 
A call to Plasencia's attorney was not immediately returned. 

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