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    • On June 19, 1999, King was taking a walk on a road near his home in Bangor, Maine when he was hit from behind by a Dodge van. The driver of the van, Bryan Smith, had been drinking and was distracted from the road by his dog, who was trying to steal some meat from a cooler behind the passenger seat. Smith had been arrested and cited several times before for driving under the influence and for reckless driving.

      King was thrown 14 feet off the road into a small depression, where he was later found. He suffered a broken hip, a split knee, and four broken ribs. His leg was broken in at least nine places, and his spine was badly chipped but not broken.

      King used the accident as an inspiration for his ABC series Kingdom Hospital.

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