A highway prank proved lethal when a scarecrow dangled from an overpass so frightened a motorist that she swerved to avoid it and ended up in a ditch.

Tracey Ann Pearson, 28, of Clio, was driving along Interstate 69 in Genesee County Monday night when she noticed the hay dummy, which appeared to be standing in the road, Davison Township Police said Tuesday.When Pearson swerved into a ditch, her car rolled over and she was tossed out and fatally injured, said officer Donald Brock.

The scarecrow had been stolen from the lawn of a house about three miles from the accident site, Brock said. The culprits who hung the scarecrow could face charges of negligent homicide, but no arrests were made Tuesday, he said.