November 4, 2013 5:59 am -

cigarette4n-4-webIf it were Friday, it would earn our Friday Facepalm. But it’s Monday, so start your week with this amazing moment of “How stupid can an almost unbelievably stupid person be?”

The moment a Georgia man allegedly lit his wife on fire by playing with a lighter while filling up his gas tank was caught on video.

Austin Dawkins, 37, is now facing criminal charges after surveillance video taken at a Clarkesville gas station on Oct. 16 appears to show him dangerously placing a lighter between his truck’s gas tank and his wife. Within split seconds fire officials say gasoline vapor ignited around his hand like a fire ball. As seen on video his apparent attempt to withdraw the nozzle instead amplifies the flames in the direction of his 30-year-old wife, Jessica Dawkins.

The couple frantically jumps back but Jessica Dawkins is seen unable to retreat fast enough.

As she runs, fire catches onto her body critically injuring her with second- and third-degree burns to her legs, arms, back and head, Access North GA reports. She was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta before being released. Her husband, who suffered minor injuries to his hands, was arrested Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.