DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Dover-Foxcroft resident Rory Schmand, 47, was always quick to step to the plate to help others, so family and friends are now rallying around Schmand, who has been hospitalized since she was impaled on July 6 by a tree limb that fell during a heavy thunderstorm.
Schmand, 47, remained in critical condition Monday at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, a hospital spokesman said.
Family and friends have opened an account at the Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union in Dover-Foxcroft to help pay her medical expenses and rehabilitation costs.
Schmand was driving alone on Douty Hill Road at about 6:30 p.m. July 6 when a large tree limb fell onto her windshield and impaled her between the eyes, Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department said after the accident.
The accident was witnessed by a resident who had gone outside to gather up toys during the storm, Dow said. He told police he heard a crack and saw the large tree fall in the road and the branch go through the windshield of Schmand’s Ford Explorer, according to Dow. Schmand’s vehicle crossed the road and ended up in a field after the accident. The man smashed out a window in the vehicle to unlock the door to reach Schmand, he said.
Anyone wishing to help Schmand may mail donations to the credit union, P.O. Box 507, Dover-Foxcroft 04426. Donations also may be made at any Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union branch. The funds should be earmarked for Schmand’s account.