FAIRFAX CO. - On Tuesday, May 31, Samuel Ovie Abutoh, 59, of Springfield, was transported from the District of Columbia to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Fairfax Detectives charged Abutoh for Second Degree Murder, Felony Destruction of Property, Arson: Burning or Destroying an Occupied Public Building, and Arson: Burning or Destroying Personal Property.
Warrants were initially obtained for malicious wounding. This charge was revised to second degree murder following the passing of Andrew Sheren who was struck by the SUV driven by Abutoh, while walking into the Silver Diner.
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FAIRFAX, CO. - According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Andrew Sheren, 74, of McLean died yesterday from complications resulting from injuries he sustained in the crash. Mr. Sheren was the man struck while walking into the Silver Diner.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.
At this time, Samuel Ovie Abutoh remains under the care of a local hospital. Warrants will be served upon his release in coordination with our detectives on the United States Marshal’s Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.
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UPDATE: The Fairfax County Police Department obtained arrest warrants for Samuel Ovie Abutoh, 59, who ran his Hummer into a Silver Diner on Wednesday. The warrants are for malicious wounding and a felony destruction of property.
After the initial investigation, the police determined that Abutoh intentionally drove his car into the building, striking a 74-year-old man in the process. After hitting the building, police say Abutoh was observed pouring liquid over himself and lighting himself on fire while still inside his Hummer.
At this time, Abutoh remains under the care of a local hospital. The warrants will be served once he is released.
TYSON'S CORNER, Va. -- Four people were injured when a man drove a Hummer into Silver Diner on Fletcher Street Wednesday afternoon. Fairfax County fire officials said they were called to the restaurant around 12:45 p.m.
When rescue crews arrived, the Hummer was fully engulfed in flames.
Prior to firefighters arriving, bystanders, diner patrons, and employees worked to save those injured in the crash and fire.
Rhonda Fuller watched as her sister performed CPR on a man who got pinned between the Hummer and the building.
“We had just gotten out of the car, as we were walking up we heard a bam! When we looked, we said oh my gosh, he just ran into the building! He hopped the curb and everything!” Fuller described.
Officials said in total, four people, including the driver, sustained non-life threatening injuries.
“One was transported to the DC burn center, two were transported to Fairfax Hospital and one was treated on the scene and let go,” said Willie Bailey, Battalion Chief of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
Silver Diner spokesperson, Matilde Ott said the driver is a former employee of the diner.
Ott explained that he had been on bereavement leave for a few weeks, he last worked in the restaurant on April 5.