Man convicted in 2012 injury of UO distance runner Molly Grabill

A Douglas County resident was convicted of third-degree assault for driving a vehicle involved in a November 2012 freeway overpass rock-throwing incident that injured University of Oregon distance runner Molly Grabill, according to the Register-Guard.

Following a police investigation, Hayden Ray Tabor, 21, pleaded “no contest” to “third-degree assault,  throwing an object off an overpass, reckless endangering and criminal mischief” charges.

Tabor’s plea bargain has sentenced him to jail in October.  He will also be called to testify against another Douglas County resident, Matthew Mckinney, 21, who has been accused of throwing a rock from the vehicle Tabor was driving out of an overpass on Interstate-5, which shattered through Grabill’s windshield, knocked her unconscious and caused her to overturn her vehicle.

Mckinney faces second-degree assault charges, which according to Oregon State Measure 11, would consist of a minimum prison sentence of almost six years if he is convicted.

Grabill, along with fellow UO distance runner, Chris Brewer, were driving on I-5 south of Rice Hill when a rock thrown out of an overpass struck Grabill and caused her to lose control of her vehicle. The incident, which took place on Nov. 26, 2012, resulted in several face and head injuries, including a broken jaw and two days of hospitalization at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.  Brewer suffered minor injuries and was released from the same hospital on the night of the incident.

On 2013, Grabill returned to the Duck’s cross-country and track teams after reportedly being in good condition.

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