BANGOR, Maine — A Dover-Foxcroft woman who was impaled through the head by a tree limb that fell during a July 6 thunderstorm is improving at a Bangor hospital.
Rory Schmand’s condition has been upgraded from critical to good, an Eastern Maine Medical Center spokesman said Wednesday.
Schmand had been driving alone on Douty Hill Road at 6:30 p.m. when a tree limb broke and crashed into the windshield of her Ford Explorer, impaling her near her eyes. Her vehicle left the road and traveled a distance into a field after the accident.
Police said later that had it not been for a witness to the accident, Schmand and her vehicle might not have been noticed until early morning. A nearby resident who had been outside gathering up toys during the storm told police that he heard a loud crack and saw the limb fall on Schmand’s vehicle. The man smashed out a window to reach Schmand, police said.
Friends and family have organized a bottle drive through Aug. 15 to raise funds to help Schmand with her medical expenses. Bottles and cans can be taken to participating redemption centers in Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Route 23 in Sangerville, Greenville, Dexter, the Neighborhood Redemption in Augusta, and 146 Bradford Road in Charleston. All of the funds will be donated to an account set up by Schmand’s family at the Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union.