Reward grows in search for rock-thrower

September 03, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

No new leads have surfaced in a rock-throwing incident a week ago that left a Sun newspaper deliverer hospitalized with broken bones in her face and lost eyesight, a Howard County police spokesman said yesterday.

Sgt. Morris Carroll said the investigation into who injured 33-year-old Lynn McKissic of Columbia is continuing and that the department is adding a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest, bringing the total to $2,000. The Sun has posted a $1,000 reward, and Matthew Gibmeyer, who hired her, has offered a $500 reward.

McKissic, a former nurse who began delivering newspapers for The Sun three months ago, was transferred Wednesday night from Howard County General Hospital to Mariner Health Center in Laurel to begin rehabilitation, said Gibmeyer, who talked to McKissic's mother, Alexia.

Lynn McKissic was making a right turn from Dobbin Road onto Oakland Mills Road the morning of Aug. 26 when a rock hit her face through an open window of her van.

McKissic's two children, ages 14 and 13, who were with her, drove the van to a gas station two miles away and called 911.

McKissic underwent 11 hours of surgery Monday to relieve hemorrhaging in her brain. She lost all sight in her right eye and partial vision in her left eye, and had multiple broken bones in her face. Doctors are uncertain whether the damage is permanent.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Howard County Police Department at 410-313-3700.

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