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Woman, 28, suffered severe head and facial injuries in apparent attack
Feb. 3, 2006. 01:17 PM
AND TORONTO STAR STAFF
OSHAWA — A bride-to-be is recovering from massive facial reconstructive surgery after her right cheek was ripped off by a chunk of concrete thrown from a Highway 401 overpass in Oshawa.
Police say Nadia McLean, 28, of Courtice, Ont., was in the eastbound lanes, driving her brother and three friends home from a wedding around 2 a.m. last Sunday when she saw what she thought was a man preparing to jump from an unused railway bridge located near Albert St.
She didn’t see the concrete chunk that smashed through the windshield of her Volkswagen and knocked her unconscious.
Her 26-year-old brother Eric managed to grab the steering wheel and stop the car on the side of the road.
Her father, Andre McLean, 55, said his son told him he thought she was dead “because he could see inside her face.”
Police at first thought the concrete fell by accident, but now say it was deliberately dropped.
“(Investigators) found the concrete is not a piece of structural concrete found in the overpass,” said OPP sergeant Cam Woolley. “It’s definitely not part of the bridge. Someone carried it there and dropped it.”
McLean has been able to talk to investigators.
She plans to get married in July.