Brooklyn Paper Radio interviews a cyclist who was run over by a truck!

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You think you’ve got problems? Katie McKenna has problems.

On Oct. 2, 2007, McKenna, then a Williamsburg striver on two wheels, was run over by a truck at the corner of Maspeth and Vandervoort Avenues.

Run over.

By eight wheels of an 18-wheeler.

She lived.

The result is her comic memoir, “How to Get Run Over By a Truck” (Inkshares), which, despite its name, is a laugh riot voyage through getting run over by a truck, recovering, living, loving, dumping the boyfriend who basically nursed her back to health (look, it’s not what you think), and walking unaided again even though a doctor told her she would never do that again.


The good news is Brooklyn Paper Radio hosts Gersh Kuntzman of the New York Daily News and Vince DiMiceli of this very Brooklyn Paper were smart enough to also book Adam Goldstein of the liquor store Red, White & Bubbly to bring some new product and keep the conversation flowing.

Goldstein and his sommelier Andrew Lurie poured some red, white and bubbly (no, seriously) from the shop’s new Hearts of Brooklyn series and kept the conversation flowing. Along the way, we learned:

1. You can survive being run over by an 18-wheeler.

2. The driver of said 18-wheeler — who didn’t even signal! — can emerge without being charged even though you almost died.

3. You can — and should — break up with anyone you want, even if he or she stood by your hospital bed and changed your diaper because your organs don’t work anymore (there, I said it).

4. Man, Red, White & Bubbly makes some great wines!

And that’s Brooklyn Paper Radio, which is recorded and podcast live every Thursday at 4:45 pm — for your convenience — from our studio in America’s Downtown, and can be found, as always, right here on, on iTunes, on Mixlr, and of course, on Stitcher.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

jt from Harlem says:
Yikes! And bravo!
Oct. 14, 2016, 9:58 am
AMH from Harlem says:
Brava! And how infuriating (but unfortunately not surprising) that the truck driver suffers no repercussions for his or her nearly fatal actions.
Oct. 14, 2016, 2:38 pm
WT from Park Slope says:
Wow, what an incredible story--Katie you are such an inspiration!

Could have done without the sommelier interludes.
Oct. 17, 2016, 11:18 pm
R. J. En Alerto from Bedford Stuyvesant says:
Why is it that you folks offer very little coverage of Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Williamsburg ( Hispanic sections ) East NewYork, Brownsville, and so on. These neighborhoods are ALSO located in Brooklyn N.Y. Do you have any latino(a) journalist in your news room ? In my estimation "Carebbean Life" is not sufficient enough to serve the diverse communities, of Brooklyn N.Y. How about addressing the concerns of English speaking Latinos( a ) s. Thank You for lending an ear. Happy Holidays. R. J.
Nov. 22, 2016, 11:16 am
irene lieber from brighton beach says:
Is it ok for a meter maid to get away in writing wrong parking tkt and the person who is involved mails in the tkt to dof and they let the meter maid get away I have to pay for a tkt I did not deserve. I have handicap dashboard pass. I know where to park. Our govt is a disgrace. Where is our justice . If you mail in the tkt is just like going down. Wrong. It get dismiss if u show up in person, Mail it in your are guilty.Our Mayor does not care for the handicaps at all . He did not even know how to dismiss this tkt. DOF worker, Mr . Miller, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Fenny , Mr. Juah, Our councilman Manhattan, brooklyn, refuse to help. Tkt reads no standing except authorize vehicles. He wrote the worng eveything. I want the NYC to say sorry.
Jan. 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

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