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New photos of back window shattered on I-17

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Posted at 7:47 AM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 13:05:47-04

ABC15 has obtained new photos of another back window that was likely shattered by "road debris" on a Valley freeway.

The photos are from an incident on Interstate 17 and Bell Road on February 28. We first told you about this incident on April 28, in an article about 29 other incidents on Valley freeways.

The driver said the rear window of his truck shattered while he was traveling on the freeway. He told the Arizona Department of Public Safety he heard two vehicles honking their horns, and as they passed his vehicle, he heard a loud “bang” and noticed damage to his rear window.

According to DPS paperwork obtained by ABC15, the driver pulled to the side of the road and noticed a “golf ball sized” impact mark on the window.

The driver waited until the next day to report the damage to DPS because the damage got “progressively worse as the night went on until the window finally shattered.”

DPS asked the driver why he waited to report the incident until the next day, and he told DPS he was not sure what exactly happened.

According to DPS paperwork, the driver saw a news report about a road rage incident that happened in the same area and time and he thought his incident was related.

DPS said this incident “does not appear to be related” to the road rage incident in the same area.

The incident has been turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. DPS said the following about the incident: “Although this incident is still under review by our Criminal Investigations Division it is unlikely, based upon the aforementioned facts, that State detectives will be able to do anything further with this case.”

DPS also told ABC15 because the object did not penetrate the glass, it does not appear this damage was caused by a bullet and was likely caused by road debris.