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Police: Man Who Rammed Into Silver Diner Set Himself Ablaze

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Police say a man who rammed his sport-utility vehicle into a restaurant earlier this week intentionally set himself on fire during that incident.

Samuel Abutoh, 59, of Springfield has been charged with malicious wounding and destruction of property, Fairfax County Police said on Friday.

Police say Abutoh intentionally drove his Hummer into the Silver Diner restaurant in Tysons Corner Center multiple times Wedensday afternoon. He struck a 74-year-old man the second time he crashed into the Fletcher Street restaurant, witnesses said. 

Police say Abutoh then poured liquid on himself and set himself on fire. Smoke from that fire was visible through much of Tysons Corner.

Abutoh remains hospitalized. Three others, including the 74-year-old man, were also injured.

A restaurant spokeswoman said Abutoh had been a cook there but was on bereavement leave.

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