Prosecutors will decide whether criminal hit-and-run charges are warranted against a motorist who backed into a fuel pump last night in San Bernardino, igniting a gas station fire that incinerated his car and the pump, police and city fire officials say.
The blaze was reported at 6:16 p.m. Sunday at a Valero gas station near Del Rosa Avenue and Date Place, just south of I-210.
The driver fled after parking the burning car next to the gas station, but fire crews activated an emergency shut-off valve and prevented the flames from spreading to the building. The driver fell in the parking lot, but managed to walk about 1-1/2 miles to his home, said fire department Capt. Jason Serrano.
The man’s relatives later summoned paramedics to their home along the 2100 block of Belle Street to provide medical aid for a gash he suffered on one leg, police Lt. Paul Williams said this morning.
The cost of the damage has not been determined, and the man – in his mid-40s — has not been arrested, Williams said.