Friend recalls torment wife’s severe brain injury caused man

Randy Budd killed himself, just over two years after a rock dropped from an I-80 overpass and injured his wife

FILE - In this June 23, 2015, file photo, Sharon and Randy Budd, right, along with their daughter Kaylee, left, enter the Union County Courthouse in Lewisburg, Pa. Sharon Budd, a middle-school teacher who lives near Akron, Ohio, suffered head injuries when a rock dropped from an overpass crashed through the windshield of her family's car in Pennsylvania in July 2014. Thanks in part to efforts by Sharon Budd and her family, a change in Ohio Department of Transportation rules took effect Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, that requires new or rehabbed bridges over most busy roadways in Ohio to have fencing to deter vandals. (Amanda August/The Daily Item via AP, File)
FILE - In this June 23, 2015, file photo, Sharon and Randy Budd, right, along with their daughter Kaylee, left, enter the Union County Courthouse in Lewisburg, Pa. Sharon Budd, a middle-school teacher who lives near Akron, Ohio, suffered head injuries when a rock dropped from an overpass crashed through the windshield of her family's car in Pennsylvania in July 2014. Thanks in part to efforts by Sharon Budd and her family, a change in Ohio Department of Transportation rules took effect Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, that requires new or rehabbed bridges over most busy roadways in Ohio to have fencing to deter vandals. (Amanda August/The Daily Item via AP, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania man who befriended an Ohio couple after the woman was injured by a five-pound rock dropped from an interstate overpass onto their car is recalling her husband as deeply devoted to her and plagued by the severity of the wounds she suffered.

Jeff Farrow said Tuesday he’s unsure why Randy Budd killed himself Saturday, but recalled how difficult it was for him to see Sharon Budd suffering.

Farrow says Randy Budd “would try to wind down and just cry and cry and cry,” saying he couldn’t believe what happened to her.

Four central Pennsylvania teens were convicted and sentenced to incarceration after pleading guilty or no contest for participating in the July 2014 attack on Interstate 80.

Sharon Budd suffered brain damage and lost her right eye.

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