Holy Sheepshead! Fish falls from sky, smashes windshield

DANBURY TWP. A South Euclid woman went on vacation and left with a flying fish tale that rivals the
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

DANBURY TWP.

A South Euclid woman went on vacation and left with a flying fish tale that rivals the yarns of charter captains.

Leighann Niles, 35, was driving her 2004 Toyota Matrix south on North Buck Road when a bald eagle flew over her vehicle and dropped a moderate-sized freshwater drum, or sheepshead, from about 40 feet onto her windshield, shattering the glass.

“It was a very bizarre situation,” said Niles, who was staying at the South Beach Resort in Marblehead for the week.

Not long before the flying fish, she said she was driving west on Interstate 480 when a semi truck hit a small bird and shot it into her back passenger door, startling her 5-year-old daughter. “I said, it’s OK honey — thank God it didn’t hit my windshield,” Niles said. “An hour later, we’re coming into Marblehead ... and I look in the air and see the most beautiful eagle i’d ever seen in my life. “The next thing I knew, the fish wiggled — it dropped like a brick and completely shattered my windshield.”

Niles called the police, who had a good chuckle when they saw what happened. Her insurance company also laughed.

Niles had to replace the glass, which cost about $260.