No bullet or hunter found after glass shatters in moving car in Lyndonville

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 November 2019 at 8:45 pm

LYNDONVILLE – Mike Luczak was driving on West Yates Center Road in Lyndonville with his 3-year-old son when the glass shattered in the back window of his 2012 Ford Focus.

Luczak was alarmed by the broken glass, and a small hole in the back seat of the his car. He is thankful he and his son weren’t harmed.

He posted on Facebook about the incident that happened at 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday. That Facebook post has been widely shared.

State troopers and DEC conservation officers have been working on the case since the incident and haven’t found a bullet despite a thorough search of the car and the broken glass. They have canvassed the area and there weren’t any hunters in the area at that time or people doing target practice, said Vern Fonda, a DEC conservation officer.

The hole in the back seat also appears to be a burn mark and not from a bullet, Fonda said.

“We have no idea what shattered it,” he said. “We found no signs of a bullet or a round. We have nothing consistent inside the car with a bullet.”

Fonda and the officers checked the fields for a half mile from the incident and there weren’t any footprints in the snow. They went house to house and have pursued other leads.

Luczak hit a deer with the car about a month ago, Fonda said. He thinks it’s possible that there was spontaneous glass breaking, which sometimes happens days or weeks after a car or glass is hit hard.

“We found no evidence that anybody was hunting or shooting,” Fonda said. “I don’t want residents in my area to be scared about it.”

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