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A Concord woman said this week she is “staying optimistically cautious” that her right eye can be saved after someone apparently threw or dropped a rock through her car’s windshield as she was headed to work days before Christmas.

The woman, Pam Burnett, on a GoFundMe page to raise money for her medical bills, described in detail the incident itself and the subsequent surgeries she has endured following the accident that took place about 10:45 p.m. on Dec. 23.

Burnett, the married mother of boys ages 3 and 9 months, said she was headed north on state Highway 242 set to get onto westbound Highway 4 on her way to a shift at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in nearby Martinez, where she works as a labor and delivery nurse. Burnett said she was near where the freeway goes under Olivera Road in north Concord, when a grapefruit-sized rock came through her windshield and struck her in the face. She had the composure to pull her car over and use Siri to call 9-1-1.

“My first thoughts were that I would never see my sweet boys’ faces again, or be able to watch them as they grew up. In this moment, I thought this was the end for me.”

Pam Burnett

“My first thoughts were that I would never see my sweet boys’ faces again, or be able to watch them as they grew up,” Burnett wrote. “In this moment, I thought this was the end for me.”

Burnett was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of “very extensive facial fractures” affecting her right orbital bone, both sides of her nose, both eyebrows, her sinuses and her right cheek. She had surgery that night to assess the damage to her right eyeball, and six hours of surgery on Christmas Day to repair the facial fractures.

At this point, Burnett calls the prognosis for her right eye “guarded.” She reported on her GoFundMe update that her ophthalmologist said pressure in the right eye had increased following surgery, but “I’m hoping this means my eye is on the road to recovery.”

Pam Burnett appears with her husband Steven and sons Hunter, 3, and Sawyer, 9 months, in an undated family photo. (Photo courtesy of Pam Burnett/GoFundMe)

As of Tuesday afternoon, the GoFundMe page had attracted $91,460 from more than 1,200 donors toward a goal of $100,000.

California Highway Patrol Officer Brandon Correia said last week that he couldn’t provide many details of the ongoing investigation. He did call it a “senseless” crime, and said the CHP seeks the public’s help in finding whoever is responsible. Motorists traveling 242 between Olivera Road and the Highway 4 interchange who see anyone acting suspiciously there are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately, with as exact a location as possible and as thorough a description of the people involved as possible. Any dash-cam video showing any suspicious activity is also welcome, Correia said. Calls about this incident to the CHP Martinez office at 925-646-4980 are also welcome, he said.

This is the latest of several similar incidents over the past year or so in the general area near the Highway 4/242 interchange. In April, a 63-year-old Antioch woman, Margarita Erostico Ruiz, was killed when a brick crashed through a window of the car in which she was a passenger. The car’s 20-year-old male driver and two children in the back seat were unharmed, according to the CHP. No arrest has been made in that case, Correia said.