Burn victim has no memory of Seattle helicopter crash

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 5:40 PM

SEATTLE -- The burn victim who pulled himself out of his car after the March 18 helicopter crash in Seattle does not remember any part of the accident.

Richard Newman was driving to work when a news helicopter came crashing down on his car.

Cell phone video captured a smoking image of him fleeing his vehicle, an experience his partner says Newman has no memory of.

"Frankly we're fortunate. We're thankful he doesn't remember, and maybe it'll come back over time,” said Daniel Jung.

Newman has now gone through two surgeries at Harborview Medical Center, the latest to place skin grafts on his third degree burns to his torso and his arm. Doctors hope the burn on his face will heal on its own.

"If it was just the wounds that we operated on yesterday, I would say he would be getting ready to get out of the hospital in seven to 10 days,” said Dr. Nicole Gibran. “But the wound on his face will dictate when he gets out.”

Jung says they've reached out to thank the security guard who helped Newman extinguish the flames on his body. They also are touched by the get well wishes that came in from around the world.

The father is eager to get back to being with his family, gardening and enjoying the outdoors.

"I think we realized we don't do enough. We could be doing so much more for people. Just seeing the outpouring of support that we received, we realized we need to do more,” said Jung.

Jung says they are painfully aware of the losses that day, and realize, despite Newman's injuries, how lucky they are.

"I almost lost somebody, the love of my life. The person I'm married to,” said Jung. “I feel blessed.”

NTSB investigators will visit the hangar Wednesday where the wreckage is being kept. They are running more tests on parts of the chopper, but so far they have found no clear cause for the crash.

The helicopter provided footage to both KING and KOMO.
 

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