(CNN) -- A Georgia man will face criminal charges
for accidentally setting fire to his wife by flicking his lighter near
his pickup truck's gas tank while refueling.
Austin Dawkins, 37, of
Clarkesville will be charged with reckless conduct, according to a
statement from the state fire safety commissioner, Ralph Hudgens.
30-year-old Jessica Dawkins, suffered second- and third-degree burns to
her legs, arms, back and head at a Clarkesville gas station on October
16, Hudgens said.
A gas station
surveillance video released by Hudgens shows the couple standing outside
the truck near the gas nozzle when Austin Dawkins appeared to ignite
his cigarette lighter and then lower his hand to the nozzle. The video
shows flame shooting from the nozzle and burning Jessica Dawkins while
Austin Dawkins rushes to remove the nozzle.
Reckless conduct is a misdemeanor that can be punished with up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
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