Survived an accident to claim a Guinness record – Greatest Distance Thrown in a Car Accident

Matthew McKnight, 29, got hit by a car and survived after being thrown 118 feet (about the height of a 12-story building) to tell the story and secure a record for “Greatest Distance Thrown in a Car Accident” in the 2008 edition of Guinness Book of World Records.

Matthew McKnightIt was Oct. 26, 2001 while he was trying to help accident victims along Interstate 376 in Monroeville, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh when he got hit by a car traveling at 70 mph.

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.

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. (CBS)

“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.”

McKnight thinks it’s something that no one would try to beat! (Photo Source)

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