Newspaper deliverer is critically injured by rock thrown into her van

reward posted

September 01, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A newspaper deliverer critically injured when someone threw a rock into her van Thursday remains hospitalized after surgery.

Lynn McKissic, 33, of Columbia suffered brain hemorrhaging and underwent 11 hours of surgery Monday. She lost all sight in her right eye and partial sight in her left eye, and had multiple broken bones in her face. Doctors do not know if the damage is permanent.

The Sun is posting a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Matthew Gibmeyer, who hired her, is offering a $500 reward as well.

She was making a right turn from Dobbin Road onto Oakland Mills Road at 4: 25 a.m. when a rock hit her face through an open window. Her three children were in the vehicle with her.

"I thought I had been shot," said McKissic, from her hospital room at Howard County General Hospital. "I started screaming. There was blood everywhere."

Two of her children, a 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, drove her van to the nearest gas station, two miles away, while she was still in the driver's seat. There, the children called 911.

"I was very impressed. They showed they really love each other and can stick together," said McKissic. "They never drove before."

McKissic was rushed to the hospital. A CT scan showed her condition worsened over the weekend, prompting surgery to remove blood and add a metal plate to her skull.

"I have been with The Sun for 10 years. I have never seen this occur," Gibmeyer said.

McKissic delivered about 300 newspapers a day for the last three months. Before that, she worked as a nurse. There are 50 Sun carriers in Howard County.

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