Man in car burned by crashing helicopter 'improving, conscious, breathing on his own'

Public Facebook photo of Richard "Dickie" Newman

SEATTLE -- The driver caught in a helicopter crash is in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit of Harborview Medical Center, suffering burns over 20 percent of his body.

Richard Newman, 38, is improving, conscious and breathing on his own today, officials at the hospital said. No surgeries are planned for Wednesday, but he will likely have multiple reconstructive procedures to repair bad burns.

Harborview staff said those interested in contacting Newman could send cards and gifts to Harborview Medical Center at 325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, Wa 98104. Email notes could also be sent here.

What remains of the red car Newman escaped from with severe burns.