(June 19, 2020) A Worcester County resident is attempting to heal both physically and emotionally, after he was attacked last Thursday.
That evening, Collin Hedner, 31, was out with his girlfriend shopping at the West Ocean City outlets.
Needing to make a pit stop, Hedner parked his car, but as the two got out of the car, a group of assailants attacked the couple.
“He was coldcocked [punched] on the side of the head — he never even saw it coming,” the victim’s mother, Susan Shumaker, said.
Three men assaulted Hedner and his girlfriend, and two women grabbed the latter and pinned her to the ground so that she could not intervene, Shumaker said.
Shumaker said the assailants kept hitting Hedner until eventually he was on the ground, where the three assailants unleashed a barrage of kicks aimed at his head.
A bystander spotted the attack and intervened, Shumaker said, and the man, who Shumaker called an angel, helped Hedner off the ground and onto a curb nearby, while his wife called her father-in-law: an off-duty state trooper.
“I would like to thank this man, but I have no clue who he is. I truly believe he saved Collin. If it had continued they would have killed him. With kicking him in the head — I wouldn’t have my son,” Shumaker said.
Hedner suffered several serious injuries, and was treated at Atlantic General Hospital.
His girlfriend did not suffer any injuries, Shumaker said.
“He has got a broken cheekbone, a fracture up by his jawbone and a fractured eye socket that I know of right now. We’re going to the surgeon this afternoon to see what actually is going on or needs to be corrected,” Shumaker said.
Shumaker said her son could move and see from his injured eye and likely would not lose it.
Nonetheless, Shumaker said the attack had left her family shaken up.
“This is just super traumatic,” Shumaker said. “To have something like this happen, [and] unprovoked. Anybody who knows my son knows he wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s just — it’s just such a shame.”
Ocean City has been laden with a string of violent events, with a new assault, stabbing or fight occurring practically every day last week.
Shumaker said as police assisted her son, a state trooper received a call about a possible assault occurring at a Chipotle restaurant nearby.
“We knew there was stuff going on at the Boardwalk at night, but never thought daytime at the outlets would be dangerous,” Shumaker said.
Shumaker has created a GoFundMe page to help finance her son’s medical bills, as he does not have health insurance.
As of Thursday, the fundraiser has raised $5,976 of its $7,500 goal.