Friends raise funds for victim of I-35 rock-throwing

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Support continues to pour in for a man seriously injured when someone threw a rock at his car on Interstate 35.

Austin Police say at least four people were injured after rocks were thrown at their moving cars.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, people began gathering at Red Eye Fly on Red River Street to help raise money for Kenneth Johnson. People are enjoying music and raffles. All proceeds are going toward Johnson’s medical expenses.

The 36-year-old was injured on June 14. Police say Johnson was driving home from work when a large rock went flying through his windshield.

He suffered head injuries and part of his skull had to be removed.

Johnson continues to recover at University Medical Center – Brackenridge. His family says he will likely need to be taken care of the rest of his life.

Friends also hosted a benefit concert Saturday evening. KXAN spoke to Johnson’s father, who said he is trying to stay positive.

“The emotion keeps coming,” James Johnson said. “He’s actually doing better now. I’m so proud of him because he’s a fighter. I just hope they catch this guy before he does it again.”

Rocks were thrown at three other drivers on the night of July 27th. All were driving on the lower deck of Interstate 35 between 38th and 40th street. Their injuries were not as serious.

Police say the attacks appear to be random and they are looking to beef up patrols on that stretch of the interstate to help catch the person responsible.

If you have any information contact the Austin Police Department.

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