SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) -- Daphne Gipson's face was crushed and she almost died when someone threw a 70- pound boulder off an I-95 bridge in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. It happened eight years ago on June 7, 2003, and no one has ever been charged in the horrific incident.
"We know who you are and you know who you are. You need to turn yourself in," said Wanda Dudley, Daphne's mother, speaking directly to the people she believes did it. She says she knows the names of individuals who were 11th graders at the time from the nearby Massaponax High School.
"It may have been a game to them, but it was something very serious for us, for Daphne. She's never be the same. She lost her vision in her right eye, her jaw was broken. She still has a lot of pain," said Dudley.
On that June evening, Daphne and her new husband, Brian Gipson, were driving from their honeymoon in Disney World to their home in Rochester, N.Y. It was a long drive from Florida. In Virginia, Daphne had fallen asleep.
As they drove under the Guinea Station Road overpass, the boulder was dropped. She doesn't remember the 70-pound rock crashing through the windshield and into her face and head. Nearly every bone in her face was broken and she suffered brain damage. She was also pregnant at the time and lost the baby.
Daphne was 31-years-old and had to learn to talk and do simply tasks again. She has had 13 surgeries to repair her broken face, along with years of therapy. The strain was too much for the marriage and she and Brian divorced.
She now lives in Atlanta with her mother and the two have decided to speak out for the need for justice.
"I want them to pay for what they did. They need to compensate Daphne. She's had to pay for everything herself. They did this to her. I want them to go to jail," said Dudley.
Daphne says the people who did it may think they can get away with anything. She says they should be charged so they don't commit any more dangerous acts.
Wanda Dudley is disappointed with the Virginia State Police and says the department failed to conduct a thorough investigation.
"Daphne never received an accident report even though we asked for it several times. We never received it," said Dudley. She said she's been doing her own investigation and says she heard the teens who did it had bragged about it. She thinks the Virginia State Police did not follow through on that information.
The Virginia State Police will only say the investigation into the case if on-going.
Daphne has not been able to work again, but she does find satisfaction in volunteering with children.
"I try to teach them that they can overcome any obstacles. Just look at me. You got to just keep on going," said Gipson.