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Deputies: Motorcyclist threw hammer through grill of classic car on the roadway

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1955 Chevy Bel Air vandalized (May 23, 2018/FOX Carolina) 1955 Chevy Bel Air vandalized (May 23, 2018/FOX Carolina)
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Tyler McGraw (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Tyler McGraw (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office is investigating an act of vandalism deputies say was committed by a motorcyclist on the road.

"It's almost beyond words," said the victim. "I think it's the craziest thing I've ever seen."

On Tuesday deputies said Tommy Cobb was on Old Pacolet Road when he passed a slow-moving vehicle. When Cobb returned to his lane, deputies said he told them a motorcycle with a rider swinging a hammer passed him.

"Once I shut my car down and rolled into the church parking lot and opened my hood I saw it was a ball peen hammer," Cobb said. "It was a hammer, this man threw a hammer at the car. If it would have slipped and went through the windshield it would have killed me."

He said it was thrown with such force that it went through the grill and into the radiator.

"I couldn't figure out a reason, nothing could come to mind," Cobb said. "The only thing I know is I went around the car and apparently he didn't like it and he decided to throw a hammer at me."

Puzzled, that was his first thought.

"You never are prepared for something like that to happen, it's just crazy," Cobb said.

Then came the anger, Cobb said he's had his 1955 Chevy Bel Air for two and a half years. Fixing it up started as a hobby, but he said it quickly turned into much more than that.

"It's not worth a lot of money but I've got a lot of money in it and a lot of time and a lot of memories," Cobb said. "Not only memories with the car, but the people who helped me put it together."

The victim said he'll fix the car up, hoping the man responsible pays for the two thousand worth of damages.

He said right now, he's just lucky to be alive adding if the hammer landed anywhere else he might not be sharing his story.

"Car could have veered left, took him out," Cobb said. "The car behind me, it could have took them out. He had two other cars that was behind him, could have took us all out. Multiple lives could have been left right then in that moment."

The motorcyclist was arrested on Wednesday and identified as 28-year-old Tyler Vance McGraw.

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