SEATTLE -- A man who was burned when a news helicopter crashed on his car in Seattle remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center.

The hospital says 38-year-old Richard Newman of Seattle will need surgery for burns that covered nearly 20 percent of his body.

Newman was inside his car when the KOMO TV news helicopter crashed near the base of the base of the Space Needle Tuesday.

Newman was immediately transported to Harborview, a Level 1 burn and trauma center. Doctors said he suffered second- and third-degree burns to his body, mostly on his back and arms. He also had cuts to his throat and a broken rib.

His condition was upgraded late Tuesday from critical to serious.

Newman's family on Thursday released the following statement, thanking everyone for their support, including police and firefighters. The family also sent a special thanks to the Fisher Plaza security guard who helped pull Newman out of his burning car:

We want to thank everyone for their enormous support, encouragement, and prayers, including community members, police, firefighters, and anyone else who was involved. We want to send a special thank you to Brian Post, a KOMO TV security guard, to whom we are very grateful. Our hearts go out to the friends and families who have lost loved ones in this horrible tragedy.

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