SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A stolen tri-pod smashed into the windshield of a minivan and impaled a military veteran, according to NBC News.

California Highway Patrol troopers said a homeless man threw the tripod off a highway overpass at the van on purpose.

The driver of the van, Tim Page, is a volunteer for El Dorado Veteran Services and was driving a veteran he had picked up at the airport, NBC News said.

Page said the tripod hitting the windshield was like a scary dream.

NBC News said the tripod went through the veteran’s lung and broke his ribs.

Troopers said they arrested Matthew Adam Thomas, 32, for throwing the tripod off the overpass.

Investigators said they identified Thomas as a suspect after they watched surveillance video that showed the tripod being taken.

NBC News reports the veteran is expected to make a full recovery.

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