04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT
Stephen King was alert and cracking jokes Sunday morning after undergoing surgery for injuries sustained when he was hit by a car while walking near his home Saturday. The horror novelist underwent several hours of surgery after he was struck by a Dodge Caravan Saturday afternoon, according to a Central Maine Medical Center hospital spokesman. NBC News reported that King will undergo further surgery this week.
- King was walking south on the shoulder of Route 5 in North Lovell, Maine, where he owns a home, at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when a motorist approaching from behind lost control of his vehicle because of a dog that was loose inside, an Oxford County Sheriff's deputy said. According to witnesses, the driver, Bryan Smith, 41, did not appear to be speeding, Baker said. He said charges will not be filed against Smith.