helicopter crash980
Investigators look over the wreckage of a TV news helicopter that crashed near Seattle Center, killing both aboard and badly burning the driver of a car struck by the helicopter. (AP)

Man hit by TV news helicopter doesn't remember deadly crash

The man badly burned when a TV news helicopter crashed into his car is slowly recovering and his partner says the man doesn't remember the accident.

Richard Newman has been hospitalized with second and third-degree burns since the March 18 accident, when the KOMO TV helicopter plunged onto Broad Street moments after taking off from Fisher Plaza at the base of the Space Needle.

"We're thankful that he doesn't remember. Maybe it will come back over time," Daniel Jung said Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center.

Newman underwent a second surgery Monday where doctors added skin grafts to his torso and arms. He continues to recover slowly, but will remain hospitalized for an indeterminate amount of time.

"The wound on his face is really going to dictate when he gets out," said Dr. Nicole Gibran.

Jung also met Tuesday with the Fisher Plaza security guard who helped Newman after he dragged himself out of the burning car with his clothing on fire. He said Newman is grateful and both realize how lucky he is to be alive.

"I think we both realize we don't do enough. We could be doing so much more for people just by seeing the outpouring of support that we received. I think helped us realize that we need to do more," he said. "I almost lost somebody, the love of my life, the one person I am married to. So I feel blessed."

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are scheduled to return Wednesday to the hangar in Auburn where the wreckage from the helicopter is being kept and examined.

Veteran photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Fitzner died in the crash.

Josh Kerns, MyNorthwest.com
Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter/anchor and host of KIRO Radio's Seattle Sounds (Sunday afternoons 5-6p) and a digital content producer for MyNorthwest.com.
Top Stories

  • Car Prowl Hot Spots
    A new Seattle police study shows where you're most likely to get car prowled

  • What Are They Building?
    It's hard not to notice a cluster of construction cranes over Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood

  • Holiday Map
    Find holiday events, Santa photo opportunities, and light displays
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.