Passenger: Windshield hit by ice ‘just exploded’

The Krupiczewicz family was traveling on I-96 when the ice hit their car. (Macy Krupiczewicz)


BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WOOD)— A Byron Center mother involved in a close call on a Michigan highway has a winter warning for other drivers.

Kim Krupiczewicz said big sheets of ice flying off cars on the expressway is a regular occurrence in winter. But she didn’t know how dangerous the situation could be until it happened to her.

“You think they’ll hit your car and just kind of bounce off,” said Kim Krupiczewicz. “You don’t really realize the damage it can do.”

The Krupiczewicz family was traveling on I-96 when the ice hit their car. (Macy Krupiczewicz)
The Krupiczewicz family was traveling on I-96 when the ice hit their car. (Macy Krupiczewicz)

Kim Krupiczewicz said her family was traveling on Interstate 96 to Lansing Wednesday morning when a sheet of ice from a Jeep Liberty in front of them flew off and hit their windshield.

“All of a sudden it just slammed into our windshield and it just exploded,” said Kim Krupiczewicz.

“I heard the loudest bang and I had no clue what it was,” said Macy Krupiczewicz, who was in the back seat. “You’re like, ‘Where in the world did that come from?’ And then all of sudden you look at the windshield and it’s in a million pieces.”

Kim Krupiczewicz said the ice chunk that shattered the passenger side portion of the windshield was about four square inches.

“When I got out, that’s when I realized that I had glass in my mouth, in my hair and all over my clothes,” she said.

The Krupiczewicz family was traveling on I-96 when the ice hit their car. (Macy Krupiczewicz)
The Krupiczewicz family was traveling on I-96 when the ice hit their car. (Macy Krupiczewicz)

Kim’s husband kept control of the car and no one was hurt, but Kim couldn’t help but think about what could have happened.

“I just keep seeing that piece of ice flying at me through the air and you think about if it would have made it through the windshield,” she said with tears in her eyes.

Kim Krupiczewicz is asking drivers with snow and ice-covered vehicles to check the roof of their vehicle before driving off.

“Take five extra minutes to get everything off because you could be saving somebody’s life,” she added.

And if you are driving and see a vehicle with ice on its roof, keep your distance.

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