SEATTLE Doctors say a man who pulled himself out of his burning car in the aftermath of a fiery March 18 news helicopter crash in Seattle has undergone two surgeries for burns on his torso and arm.
KING-TV reports Dr. Nicole Gibran said Tuesday that the healing progress of a burn on 38-year-old Richard Newmans face will dictate when he leaves Harborview Medical Center.
While Newman lives in the Seattle area now, he graduated from Sehome High School in 1994 and his parents still live in Bellingham.
Daniel Jung says his partner doesnt remember any part of the accident. Newman was driving to work when the helicopter crashed on his car.
A security guard at Fisher Plaza ran to help Newman when the man emerged in flames from the smashed car. Brian Post told KOMO-TV that Newman didnt panic but did every-thing he needed to, to survive. Post beat back the flames on Newmans body.
The crash killed both men on board the helicopter pilot Gary Pfitzner and former KOMO-TV photographer Bill Strothman. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating to determine what caused the crash.