A Pasco man who suffered a serious head injury after he was pulled from a longboard is showing signs of improvement while recovering at an area hospital.
Sean McClintock, 25, was riding his longboard in Pasco down a Road 44 hill Sept. 12 when someone in a passing car reportedly grabbed his shirt, causing him to fall and strike his head on the concrete.
The assault left McClintock with several skull fractures and blood clots in his brain, family and friends said. He had to have surgery to remove a section of his skull.
He has awakened from a medically induced coma and shown daily signs of improvement, including moving his limbs and communicating with family, said Grant Gilbert, his father-in-law.
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“Until he is completely taken off his medication, we won’t know the full extent (of his injuries),” Gilbert said. “The swelling around the brain is all the way down.”
McClintock was in a car with his wife, Alex, and 11-month-old daughter minutes before he was assaulted. The avid longboarder asked his wife to let him out at the top of a hill so he could skate down to a nearby gathering.
When McClintock didn’t show up at the house, Alex went looking and found out her husband was the victim of an assault. A witness called 911.
McClintock got in front of a white car, possibly a newer-model sedan, while riding and the driver honked, police said. A passenger then reached out, and knocked McClintock to the ground.
Police say detectives are following leads, but no suspects have been identified.
McClintock is slowly recovering at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, where he communicates with family and flashes the occasional thumbs up, Gilbert said.
“When he talks, he really has to force it, so it’s about a three-word bundle and then that’s about it,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert told the Herald that family members are optimistic McClintock could be moved out of the intensive care unit within the next week.
There has been an outpouring of support from people around the area, Gilbert said. Daily positive messages come in from Facebook and a GoFundMe account has raised more than $18,000.
A bank account — named the Sean McClintock Family Donation Fund — has also been set up at Community First Bank. Donations are accepted at all branches.
Friends are also trying to sell a few cars from a small Othello dealership, McClintock Motors, which McClintock owns, to generate money for the family.
Pasco police ask anyone with information about the case to call 509-545-4321 or 509-545-3510.