Niagara Falls police have charged two teenagers with tossing a garbage can from a downtown parking garage in August, seriously injuring a tourist.
Police identified one of the youths as Zachary Messing, 18, who was 17 at the time of the incident. Messing is being processed through the criminal courts, said Lt. John Conti of the Niagara Falls Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit.
"The other party involved is also a male, but he was 15 at the time. He's 16 now. Because he was 15 at the time, he is being handled through Family Court," said Conti.
Each has been charged with third-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment. Messing is scheduled to appear in Niagara Falls City Court on Dec. 8.
A 50-year-old Ohio woman suffered a fractured collarbone and a head injury on Aug. 9, when she was hit while walking with her family past the ramp on Rainbow Boulevard.
Police said they believe the blue plastic garbage can – which was 3 1/2 feet tall and contained only papers – was thrown from an upper floor.
The woman told The Buffalo News several weeks after the incident that she would "definitely" return to visit Niagara Falls despite what happened to her.
"It's a great place to come," the woman told The News in late August. "It's a fabulous city. We just love going."