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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -
FOX6 News has learned more about the mother of six who was seriously injured when a brick was thrown from an interstate overpass onto her car windshield this past weekend.
The victim, 40-year-old Melissa Jones, remains at DCH Regional Medical Center Tuesday in serious condition and is missing a big family event.
"My family is devastated," said Diana Bailey, Jones' sister.
FOX6 News is told that any minute, Jones' family will welcome her first granchild. Jones' daughter, Randa, is in labor at DCH. Randa's baby is a month early and Bailey said Jones called her Sunday, worried.
"My sister had just called me and told me to meet her at the
hospital," said Bailey.
Jones and three of her children were traveling south on I-20/59 in Tuscaloosa County Sunday to go see Randa. But when the family passed under the Keenes Mill Road overpass, police say two teens dropped a 5-pound brick onto the highway and it went through Jones' windshield.
Jones' oldest son was with her and grabbed the steering wheel to guide the family's minivan to the side of the interstate until help arrived.
Court records indicate that Jones was badly injured, suffering a collapsed lung, a broken jaw and busted teeth.
"With the anesthesia wearing off she does understand. She is able to communicate through text messaging and by notes," Bailey said of her sister.
Doctors tell the family it could take three months for Jones to recover. It will be a long road because she is self-employed and has no medical insurance.
Jones' family has set up a fund in her name at Alabama One Credit Union. If you would like to help, you can go to any Alabama One CU location and ask to make a donation to Melissa Jones. You can also mail a check to the credit union, addressed as: Attention Doug Killough, 1215 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.
Investigators arrested two 16-year-olds Monday and charged them both as adults for first degree assault. Shane Adam Herren and Jordan Isaiah Price are being held at the Tuscaloosa County Jail.
Bailey says the current charges aren't enough.
"I hope the District Attorney will actually change that charge to attempted
murder because that's what it is. And it's our hope, my family's hope, that
they will do that and these young men will be held accountable for their
actions," said Bailey.