Nashville man killed after massive chunk of concrete that was 'intentionally' thrown blasts through his car's windshield

After Shelton lost control of his vehicle on I-24’s Silliman Evans Bridge, the car rammed into a pickup truck and a guardrail before eventually coming to a halt


                            Nashville man killed after massive chunk of concrete that was 'intentionally' thrown blasts through his car's windshield

Nashville resident Joe C. Shelton Jr. was driving to work at around 4:55 am on Tuesday morning when a massive object came flying through his windshield and hit him in the face, killing him instantly, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

A statement by the Metro Nashville PD said that, after Shelton lost control of his vehicle on I-24’s Silliman Evans Bridge, the car rammed into a pickup truck and a guardrail before eventually coming to a halt. While Shelton was pronounced dead on the scene, the other drivers were not injured, People reports.

Authorities noted in the release that the Tennessee Department of Transportation has since determined the concrete was not a part of the bridge, "but more closely resembled a roadway curb".

Joe Shelton's car was totaled after it rammed into a pickup truck and a guardrail before eventually coming to a halt. (Metro Nashville PD)
Joe Shelton's car was totaled after it rammed into a pickup truck and a guardrail before eventually coming to a halt. (Metro Nashville PD)

"The concrete chunk traveled through Shelton’s windshield and hit him in the face at approximately 4:54 am as he was driving to work at the Nissan plant in Smyrna," the release read. "The Nissan then sideswiped a Toyota pickup truck and a guardrail before coming to final rest on I-24’s Silliman Evans Bridge."

They believe that the chunk of hard concrete was intentionally thrown from the Shelby Avenue Bridge, and are thereby considering it a homicide. Following the inspection, police have started looking for any possible suspects linked to the crime.

Metro Nashville PD wrote on Twitter along with photographs of the accident: "MNPD investigation today’s 4:54 a.m. death of Joe C. Shelton Jr., 54, on I-24 east near downtown after this chunk of concrete, likely thrown from the Shelby Av Bridge, went thru his windshield. Know who may have done this?"

Authorities recovered a chunk of concrete which was thrown at Shelton's vehicle. (Metro Nashville PD)
Authorities recovered a chunk of concrete which was thrown at Shelton's vehicle. (Metro Nashville PD)

In hopes of identifying the individual who may have thrown the concrete, authorities are now reviewing surveillance cameras nearby. Meanwhile, News Channel 9 obtained a statement by the Nissan Group of North America, who expressed their condolences for Shelton's death. "We are saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. Our deepest sympathies are with his family members, friends and colleagues at this difficult time," the statement read.

"Anyone with information about this case, including seeing a person(s) standing on the Shelby Avenue Bridge in the 4:50 a.m.-4:55 a.m. time frame this morning, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463," the Metro Nashville PD urged. "Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward."