Crash traps driver in burning car

An SUV crashed into a gas pump in the Oxon Hill area, sparking a fire and leaving the driver trapped. The incident could have turned fatal, a fire official said. But Prince George’s County police officers arrived in time to put the blaze out, and firefighters soon removed the driver from the car with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, the official said.

“Putting out that fire probably had a marked difference in saving this guy’s life,” said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. “Apparently there was enough damage to the vehicle that prevented him from getting out.”

The incident began about 12:30 a.m., Brady said, when an SUV left the roadway and crashed into a pump at a gas station in the 6100 block of Oxon Hill Road. Brady said the SUV caught fire, and the driver — he was unsure whether it was a man or a woman — was trapped in the wreckage.

Prince George’s County police officers arrived on the scene first and put out the blaze, then firefighters extricated the driver, Brady said. He said the driver was taken to a nearby hospital.

It is unclear why the SUV left the roadway. Brady said he was still looking into that and other details of the incident.

— Matt Zapotosky

Man badly hurt after being shot by friend

A 26-year-old Reston man is facing a weapons charge in connection with a Friday morning shooting that left a 17-year-old acquaintance hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.

Fairfax County police said in a news release Saturday that Javier DeJesus Martinez, who lives in the 2200 block of Marginella Drive, was charged with possession of a firearm by an illegal immigrant as detectives continue to investigate the incident in which a 17-year-old acquaintance was shot. They said police need to determine “all of the circumstances surrounding the incident and whether or not it was accidental or suspicious in nature.”

The shooting occurred about 10:15 a.m. Friday at Martinez’s home in the Reston area, authorities said. Police said they were called to the residence in response to a report of a person being shot and arrived to find the 17-year-old, who is also from Reston, with life-threatening injuries.

Police did not identify the 17-year-old or provide any other specific details of the incident. Lucy Caldwell, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman, said detectives were still investigating precisely what happened but did “not believe there was a threat to the community.”

— Matt Zapotosky