NASHVILLE, TENN. (WKRN) – Like most people in Music City, Colin Kirby was celebrating Sunday July 4 by watching the historic Nashville fireworks display with three of his friends. To avoid the downtown traffic and crowds, they decided to view the show from the top of the St. Thomas Midtown parking lot. But, he didn’t know that he would be followed on his return trip.
“The fun wasn’t in the books after the fireworks for me,” said an emotional Kirby.
A friend was in the passenger seat of his convertible and two others were following close behind. As the group approached the traffic light at the intersection of 17th Avenue North and Church Street in Midtown, a white car pulled up to the left, waiting to turn onto 17th towards Charlotte.
Dashcam video from his friend’s vehicle shows the moment a rear passenger climbs out the window and throws an explosive directly at him.
“My first question is what just happened and do I still have my fingers?” Kirby said. “As soon as they threw it, they started laughing at me. I don’t know if they laughed at me, or just thought it was funny, but I wasn’t laughing.
The car took off. The fireworks bounced off his head and landed on the top, which was lowered. Seconds later, it exploded and burned a hole through the lid.
Not knowing what to do, Kirby drove down the street and stopped as fast as he could to call 911.
The 20-year-old has no car insurance, just civil liability. The estimated cost to repair the damage is at least $ 3,000. His fingers were slightly burnt and he still has trouble hearing. His right ear has been ringing constantly since Sunday.
“I hope they catch them and I hope they don’t try to come out and start over,” Kirby said. “I mean, imagine if someone else was in a sedan or a baby was in the backseat?” ”
It has a message for the responsible person (s).
“Why, why do it?” What fun did you have? Kirby said. “Metro is going to get you for what, thirty minutes of laughter and you have to face how much jail time for that?” It wasn’t worth it. It’s just stupid.
Metro Police told News 2 that Kirby filed a police report and that a detective had been assigned. He hopes that the images and footage from the on-board camera will be sufficient to locate a suspect.
If you know anything, call Nashville Crime Stoppers on 615-74-CRIME.