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Police on hunt for vandals who threw pumpkin through windshield of moving car in Suffolk County

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — It regarded like an orange blur — a pumpkin hurtling through the air shattered the windshield of a moving car.

Police say the Long Island driver and passenger are fortunate to be alive. They instructed CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan on Tuesday the hunt is on for the Halloween vandals who threw it.

“Something orange, spherical, looks like a ball was traveling towards my windshield. The very next second I know, it was through my glass,” Nick Costi stated.

Suffolk County police say it exploded like a missile on the motive force’s aspect windshield as Costi traveled westbound on Townline Road in Hauppauge. It was thrown from an unknown car rushing in the wrong way. Investigators confirmed McLogan what was left of the pumpkin used as a weapon in what they are saying was no Halloween prank.

“I just kind of closed my eyes, opened them, I was still moving and I managed to pull over quickly,” Costi stated.

His girlfriend was in the passenger seat.

“I’m really glad she was there to be supportive of me, but I was glad I was able to support her,” Costi stated.

They rapidly referred to as 911 and Costi’s dad and mom.

“We rushed there to try to help calm him down, and then when I saw the car I was just horrified that someone would do something like this,” Lisa Costi stated.

The Costi household says the pumpkin-smashing brush with dying reminds them of the teenager vandals hurling a frozen turkey through the windshield of Long Islander Victoria Ruvolo again in 2004.

The influence broke each bone in her face. Ruvolo by no means totally recovered from the assault. She later forgave the kids who dedicated the crime.

“It could have taken my life and I’m really glad and grateful that I am here today,” Nick Costi stated.

“They are doing a search for video and, hopefully, we can get some identification on the car or the suspects who threw that. There would certainly be criminal charges,” Suffolk County Police Chief of Detectives John Rowan stated.

“I would love for them to turn themselves in, but I don’t see that happening, unfortunately,” Nick Costi stated.

Nick Costi, who works at Long Island University, had simply offered his car and, sarcastically, was to ship it on the day of the crime. That is now on maintain.

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