Police: Teen Beaned With Full Can Of Soda That Driver Mistook For Beer

QUINCY (CBS) – A Weymouth woman is facing assault charges, accused of throwing a full can of soda out a car window and hitting a teenager in the head with it. Two police officers saw the whole thing happen.

Quincy police say the two officers were in the area and witnessed the incident, which happened around 11 pm Wednesday night.

One of the officers arrested 20-year-old Cassandra Farrington, while the other attended to the victim.

Police say the 15-year-old victim was treated at the scene and expected to be okay.

Farrington, who was a passenger in the front seat, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

The driver told police that she mistook the soda for an open can of beer and told Farrington to dispose of it.

  • Willow

    I don’t understand. What difference does it make if it was a can of soda or beer. The poor girl was hit in the head with it. I love how people just throw all their trash out the window. At least this one was caught and faces even stiffer charges them just littering.

    • Beez

      I agree it’s wrong either way – but a full, closed beverage can would cause significantly more damage than an open, partially empty one. The unopened can will ‘give’ much less, and be more like a brick.

    • Abigail Elmicia

      The driver asked her to dispose of it, because the passenger was only 20.

    • Tom

      open can of beer=DUI charge regardless of if you were drinking it.

  • Denise

    What’s a 15 year old doing out on the street at 11pm on a wednesday? I’m glad to hear she’s ok… and who cares if it was a beer or a soda – what the hell are you throwing it out the window for… just about every store has a trashcan in front of it – Dunkies has a trash can for when you go thru the drive thru!!! I don’t understand people who throw their trash on the ground!

  • JCarl

    So…Einstein’s, the driver and passenger threw the beverage out of the car because they saw the police. They thought it was a beer and were afraid that if the police pulled them over or saw the open container, they would be arrested. But as it turned out, it was just a soda. That is why the story makes the distinction between soda vs beer. That is why it is relevant to the story. Also, their intention was not to litter. That was an outcome. Their intention was to not be caught by the police with an open container of alcohol in the car. That was the motivation.

    • Willow

      JCarl, thank you for that enlightenment, and the compliment.

    • jaybirddog

      You say “They thought it was a beer” as if to imply that the owner and holder of the can, Cassandra Farrington in the passenger seat, didn’t know herself what it was. That’s a bit too far fetched for me. I’ve never purchased and held a can of something I couldn’t identify as either soda or beer. Just because the driver claims not to know and instructed her to throw it out the window lends no relevancy to the case.

  • Karen

    I think the point is that the driver thought it was a beer and did not want to get caught in the car with alcohol.. Assuming the driver was also under 21… Obviously littering, and the teenager that was hit could have been seriously hurt. Had they known it was soda they would have not thrown it out the window… I am thinking there has been alcolhol in the vehicle in the past if the driver for a second could think it would possibly be a beer..

  • Denise

    Who when they see the police sitting on the side of the road, riding down the road or in the general vacinity at all do anything to attract attention to themselves? Maybe if they police pulled out w/ their lights on I could see them possibly throwing the can out the window – if they thought it was a beer – and if they thought it was… it probably was a little earlier in the day! But to drive by and see a cop sitting there – so you start tossing stuff out the window – I’m sure they wish all the idoits doing things they should would be so obvious! Amazing…

  • someone who knows the real story

    hahaha all you people have an opinion on this and not one of you were there…..there was no connection between the two people it was a complete accident and the passengers has just come from a party and were a little intoxicated so to believe it was a beer instead of a soda can is completely mistakable… and when your drunk you dont think so when the driver said to get rid of it she did… unfortunately the 15 yr old was hit. but what the real question is.. what was going through these parents mind to allow their 15 year old children out at 11 at night.. sounds like your kids are up to no good too me just a thought…. people make mistakes and this clearly was a dumb one and she realizes that and repercussions are happening. But idk where all you people find it your place to run off at the mouth about things you have no idea about…

    • replying to someone who doesn't know the story

      you’re on idiot

  • justsayin

    @Somehonewhoknowstherealstory….Ummm….you are saying the perpetrators were also underage drinking,yes? The driver was 20. So maybe your judgmental attitude is a bit one sided??

  • someone who knows the real story

    the driver wasnt drinking shows how much you know and fact you were out going to parties when you were a teen.. so for them to call a dd to pick them up was the mature thing to do… just sayin….

  • hungry

    this happened to me once with a ham salad sandwich, was driving a friends car with “vegan” bumper sticker, saw a gang of vegans, got so scared of being seen with meat sandwich, panicked, threw out window, (big mistake) hit mother in law who was out for a walk—I learned my lesson

  • Not convinced

    Why are you so quick to believe the dirver? She could have been lying to protect both her and her friend. Maybe they saw the passerby, and, just being mean, threw the unopened can at her. That would be aggraveated assault, which has a much stiffer penalty than littering. Do you really believe the passenger thought it was an open can of beer too, or that she just complied instead of saying it wasn’t? I think they knew exactly what they were doing (just being mean) and didn’t see the police until after the fact.

  • Listensalot

    I believe the occupants of this car (all of them) are certifiably CRACKERS. When was the last time you held a can in your hand and couldn’t distinguish between soda and beer? They should be charged at the very least with littering (I don’t care what the reason was for throwing stuff out of a car, it’s litter). At the most they should face charges of assult with a dangerous weapon, causing bodily harm. They are lucky they didn’t kill this young lady. What difference does it make why this kid was out late, maybe she had just left Gramma’s house, whose business would that be? Let’s not blame the victim!

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