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AZ mom: Teens throwing rocks nearly killed her, toddler

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Imagine driving down the street, when out of nowhere, someone throws a large rock at your windshield.

That's what happened to a Phoenix woman, and she says it nearly killed her and her young daughter.

Now the woman wants to find the teens who she says are responsible.

This happened off Deer Valley Road, between Tatum and 40th Street. Brittany Deatherage was taking her 21-month-old daughter Evie to daycare at the time.

"It was a straight fast pitch. It had no lob to it. It didn't come down like this. It came straight at me," said Deatherage.

Pictures show where the rock hit the driver's side of the windshield, shattering the glass and sending shards into Deatherage's arms, legs and chest.

"I swerved into another car. I almost crashed into oncoming traffic, and I was covered in glass and blood. It was one of the worst experiences of my life," she said.

Deatherage is glad Evie wasn't hurt.

"I'm 100-percent happy that all of the blunt force went to me because I just couldn't imagine something happening to her," she said.

Deatherage believes a group of teens is to blame. She says they were hiding in the bushes off the side of the road.

"When I went down there afterwards, when I was waiting for police to come, there was fresh pot smoke. Teens are teens, whatever. There were beer bottles, there were cigarette butts, there were fresh tracks. They were just down there," she said.

Deatherage hopes to find whomever did this, and plans to prosecute if they're arrested.

"It was just a very traumatizing accident and the people who did that, the one person, knew what they were doing, and they need to be accountable for it," she said.

The Desert Ridge Community is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. If you have any information, you are urged to call the police.

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