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December 19, 2007 > Man in Guinness record book for getting hit and thrown by car

Man in Guinness record book for getting hit and thrown by car

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP), Dec 08 _ Matthew McKnight hopes nobody ever needs to top his feat in the Guinness Book of World Records.

That's because McKnight holds the record for ``Greatest Distance Thrown in a Car Accident'' in the book's 2008 edition.

McKnight holds the record because he lived to tell about being thrown 118 feet by a car that hit him while traveling about 70 mph.

McKnight, 29, of Connellsville, was injured when he pulled over to help accident victims along Interstate 376 in Monroeville, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh, on Oct. 26, 2001.

He suffered two dislocated shoulders plus a broken shoulder, pelvis, leg and tailbone. He spent two weeks in the hospital and 80 days in rehab before returning to work in April 2002. These days, he walks without a limp.

McKnight is a volunteer firefighter and paramedic, though he wasn't on duty when he stopped to help the accident victims. He works full-time as a communications specialist at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

McKnight's emergency room physician, Dr. Eric Brader, submitted paperwork for the record, which Guinness recognized in 2003. It was not listed in the book until the 2008 edition, however.

``I thought it was a big joke. Dr. Brader is known for joking around a lot,'' McKnight told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. ``But when he brought (the paperwork) to me, I saw how serious he was.''

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
http://www.post-gazette.com

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