Victim of alleged Meadowbrook Parkway overpass brick throwers testifies about harrowing experience

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Two Long Island teens accused of hurling a brick and cinder blocks at cars from an overpass on the Meadowbrook Parkway came face to face with an alleged victim Tuesday inside a Hempstead court room. 

Andrew Denton, of East Meadow, and Jacob Palant, of Syosset, were both charged with first-degree assault in the December 2015 incident. 

The 24-year-old victim from West Hempstead says she was in the car with her boyfriend driving to dinner when she "noticed two shadows of people" on the overpass. Moments later, she says "the windshield exploded."

She described "covering her face because she was bleeding." She was asked by the prosecutor on a scale of 1 to 10 how painful it was, and she answered "11." She said she was eventually taken to an eye surgeon who "picked each piece of glass out with tweezers." The process lasted an hour. 

She also told the court she was left her with permanent eye damage. 

Both defendants face five to 25 years in prison, if convicted.
 

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