Man Accidentally Sets Wife On Fire, Now Faces Criminal Charges - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Man Accidentally Sets Wife On Fire, Now Faces Criminal Charges

Posted: Updated:
Georgia -

(CNN) — A Georgia man will face criminal charges for accidentally setting fire to his wife by flicking his lighter near his pickup truck’s gas tank while refueling.

Austin Dawkins, 37, of Clarkesville will be charged with reckless conduct, according to a statement from the state fire safety commissioner, Ralph Hudgens.

Dawkins’ wife, 30-year-old Jessica Dawkins, suffered second- and third-degree burns to her legs, arms, back and head at a Clarkesville gas station on October 16, Hudgens said.

A gas station surveillance video released by Hudgens shows the couple standing outside the truck near the gas nozzle when Austin Dawkins appeared to ignite his cigarette lighter and then lower his hand to the nozzle. The video shows flame shooting from the nozzle and burning Jessica Dawkins while Austin Dawkins rushes to remove the nozzle.

Reckless conduct is a misdemeanor that can be punished with up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane Valley Deputies ask for public's help finding missing child

    Spokane Valley Deputies ask for public's help finding missing child

    Friday, October 20 2017 2:30 AM EDT2017-10-20 06:30:04 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies are attempting to locate 11-year-old Rylee Jackman who was last ween near 6900 block o E. 4th this afternoon.  Rylee had some problems earlier today and walked away from school.  His father has checked with friends and family but has not been able to locate Rylee and is asking for your help. Rylee is described as a white male, approximately 5’02”, 100 lbs, and was last seen 

    More >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies are attempting to locate 11-year-old Rylee Jackman who was last ween near 6900 block o E. 4th this afternoon.  Rylee had some problems earlier today and walked away from school.  His father has checked with friends and family but has not been able to locate Rylee and is asking for your help. Rylee is described as a white male, approximately 5’02”, 100 lbs, and was last seen 

    More >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Thursday, October 19th

    Mad Minute stories from Thursday, October 19th

    Friday, October 20 2017 2:00 AM EDT2017-10-20 06:00:17 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Thursday, October 19th.

    More >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Thursday, October 19th.

    More >>
  • Fake school bus tries to pick up students in Michigan neighborhoods

    Fake school bus tries to pick up students in Michigan neighborhoods

    Friday, October 20 2017 1:08 AM EDT2017-10-20 05:08:30 GMT

    VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Michigan school district is warning parents that someone driving an unmarked school bus tried picking up children Thursday in several neighborhoods. Van Buren Public Schools quickly alerted parents about the incident. “Do not allow your students to approach any bus not clearly marked with Van Buren Public Schools on it,” reads the statement posted by Pam Johnson, administrative assistant to the superintendent. 

    More >>

    VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Michigan school district is warning parents that someone driving an unmarked school bus tried picking up children Thursday in several neighborhoods. Van Buren Public Schools quickly alerted parents about the incident. “Do not allow your students to approach any bus not clearly marked with Van Buren Public Schools on it,” reads the statement posted by Pam Johnson, administrative assistant to the superintendent. 

    More >>