"It was just a real loud pop and that's when I opened my eyes and breathed in some paint and saw that it was my windshield and I just got off the road, slowly, tried not to kill anybody else," she recalled.
Someone threw two 5 gallon buckets of paint and glue right onto her car.
"The windshield actually just kind of peeled off - shattered glass in the back of me," McPhatter said.
The incident was bad enough, but McPhatter is dealing with a bigger problem.
"I was coming from Charlotte just after filing a missing persons report for my sister. She's now missing for, this is day nine," she told Eyewitness News. "I was the last one that she talked to to my knowledge."
McPhatter doesn't know where her sister is.
"I really don't know how to feel. I've never had any one missing in my family. I've never had anyone this close to me be in a place where I can't get to them," she said. "
Her car will likely be totaled, but it will be the last thing on McPhatter's mind for a while.
"I can take it. I can take it. I'd rather me get hit with a paint can than me not find my sister," she said.