A Springfield, Va., man is facing a murder charge following the death of a pedestrian he allegedly struck while repeatedly ramming his Hummer into a Virginia diner last month, police said.
Samuel Ovie Abutoh, 59, ended the bizarre incident by dousing himself with a liquid and then lighting himself on fire, police said. Fairfax County police have not indicated what prompted the incident at the McLean Silver Diner on May 4.
Abutoh was transferred from the District to the Fairfax County jail on May 31 and served warrants for second-degree murder, felony destruction of property and arson. He had previously been charged with malicious wounding.
The charges were upgraded after the May 17 death of Andrew Sheren, 74, of McLean, from injuries sustained in the incident. Abutoh allegedly struck Sheren as he was entering the Silver Diner.
Police said Abutoh intentionally drove his SUV into the diner. Four people were injured in the incident. The aftermath was captured in dramatic video footage, which shows black smoke and flames pouring from the Hummer.