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Randy Budd, husband of Sharon Budd, dead at 55

Posted: 5:30 PM, Aug 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-08 16:09:58Z

The husband of the Uniontown teacher who was critically injured when a rock was tossed from a Pennsylvania highway in 2014 has died. 

The Stark County Coroner confirmed Sunday afternoon that 55-year-old Randy Budd was found dead in his home Saturday night. 

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On July 10 of that year, Randy's wife, Sharon, was critically injured—losing her right eye and suffering serious brain damage—after a large rock the size of volleyball was tossed from an Interstate 80 overpass in central Pennsylvania, crashed through the family's Nissan Rogue and struck her in the face.

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Sharon, Randy and their daughter, Kaylee, were on a road trip to New York City when the incident happened in the dark of night. Kaylee, who was driving, and Randy, who was sitting in the backseat, were not hurt.

After the incident, she spent three months recovering at the Geisinger Medical Center complex in Danville, Penn.

Three young men apologized to Sharon last year after a judge sentenced them to time behind bars. 

A judge ordered Dylan Lahr, Tyler Porter and Keefer McGee to serve at least 4-and-a-half years, 1 year and 10 months, and 11-and-a-half months for the attack.

"Calling these things bad choices or mistakes, I think, demeans what it is, which is the expression of criminal intent, the criminal choice," Union County District Attorney Pete Johnson told Judge Michael Sholley at the time. "And that deserves punishment."

Randy was instrumental in getting the Ohio Department of Transportation to  install protective fencing  on bridge overpasses after the incident.

"Moving forward, hopefully somebody doesn’t have to go through what we have to go through,” Randy told newsnet5.com earlier this year.

The Budd family released a statement on Facebook thanking everyone for their prayers and support and asked for privacy during this difficult time.

The death is being investigated as a suicide.