"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on television." So went the script for countless television commercials of yore, featuring the stars of medical dramas capitalizing on their on-air personae to shill for pills, HMOs and what-have-you. But one television doctor didn't hesitate to jump into action when duty called – medical training be damned.

That actor is one Patrick Dempsey, who most might recognize for his role as Dr. McDreamy on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. He's also a consummate race car driver – arguably today's Steve McQueen or Paul Newman – competing in such events as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Baja 1000 rally raid. These seemingly disparate aspects of Dempsey's life, however, converged when a kid flipped his Mustang in front of the actor's house in Malibu last week.

Having rolled the Ford three times, 17-year-old Weston Massett was trapped inside the wreckage when McDreamy came to the rescue, crowbar in hand, to get the kid out of the car, nursing him until the airlift arrived and following him to the hospital. Massett is expected to make a full recovery from the concussion and stretched optic nerve that were his only injuries to speak of. Scroll down for the television report.



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      Darren Cassey
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this is just a perfect example of what inevitibly happens when you let a 17 year old drive a car like that
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Handsome TV doctor, racecar driver, car guy, and saving a kid's life? Damn
        Serioso
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        Seriously, I'll just leave my gf now and save her the trouble!
      Julius
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Massett is expected to make a full recovery from the concussion and stretched optic nerve that were his only injuries to speak of." Ah - I thought only girls had their eyes pop out when they saw McDreamy Anyway - kudos to Dempsey, though I wonder what other training he's had in his race career that provides expertise in extracting someone from a car...
      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 2 Years Ago
      17 year old, driving a Mustang, flipped 3 times.... Your mom ought to be proud of you; you were both on TV!
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      He will get sued for messing up the kids neck by moving him
        Slizzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Good Samaritan laws should provide him the coverage he needs in this case.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was a crazy driver at age 17, but somehow I managed not to flip a car. Yikes. Kudos to Dempsey. He joins Mark Harmon in the ranks of celebrity rescuers.
      JAD
      • 2 Years Ago
      "I just can't wait to thank him personally" uh i'm sure.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Again Autoblog is days late with the news.
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        AB isn't a news site....they're a blog y u mad? get news from a REAL news source, which AS is not....
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      TMZ reposts on Autoblog. Sweet, the transformation is complete.
      Blackbird
      • 2 Years Ago
      While it's awesome Dempsey stepped up and helped someone out and i'm glad the kid is ok... More teens crashing Mustangs to give young owners like myself a bad rap.
        Keith Oxford
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Blackbird
        A large percentage of the Mustang fatalities are under 25 drivers, with more car than skill / talent. I personally know two people who died in 'Stangs. Separate accidents, though one was trapped and froze to death, would have survived his injuries. Both were Fox body 5.0 GT.
      MikeInNC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Decent guy, a really nice thing to do and he deserves the credit he gets. But comparing him to Paul Newman and Steve McQueen? Too far. I bet even he would agree.
      Anthony
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure she WOULD like to thank him in real life. ; ) ; ) All she has to do is gain pit access to a Grand-Am race...
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