IF it had been thrown half a second later, Bernard Saupe would have been killed by a brick that crashed through his windscreen as he drove at 70mph.
The 64-year-old has told of his shock and anger after yobs dropped the missile on to his car from a bridge as he drove on the motorway to work.
It hit the bonnet, bounced up and cracked his windscreen – but somehow the window cleaner managed to keep control of his car and avoided crashing.
It happened as Mr Saupe drove underneath the A27 footbridge that links Hilsea to the Highbury Estate, at 9.30am on Wednesday.
‘I was half a second from death,’ said Mr Saupe, of Lake Road, Landport.
‘The police told me if I had been half a second later I would have been killed and it could have caused a massive pile-up.
‘I’m lucky it hit my bonnet, because otherwise it would have come straight through and hit me right in the face.
‘I honestly don’t know how I kept control of the car, the bang was the loudest thing I’ve heard in my life.
‘By the time I looked up whoever dropped it had gone.
‘Now I just feel so angry – there could have been kids in my car.
‘I thought I just have to warn people to watch out. If they did it once they would do it again. In the end they are going to kill someone.’
Head of road safety for the AA Andrew Howard said the motoring organisation was concerned such incidents are on the increase.
‘The number of reports we are getting seems to suggest it is getting worse,’ he said.
‘It was especially bad last week and we suspected that was due to it being half-term.’
Cosham safer neighbourhoods Sergeant Guy Farmer said: ‘Fortunately, on this occasion the driver was uninjured and due to his quick thinking and calm reaction was able to prevent a further collision.
‘Throwing bricks or other items on to the motorway from a footbridge could have very serious consequences.
‘This type of behaviour may begin as a prank but has real potential to lead to a tragic conclusion.’
He added: ‘Those identified to be involved could face life-changing repercussions.’
Anyone with information can call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.