Woman hospitalized after husband sets car on fire, police say

Tim Miller
Tim Miller
The couple's son pulled his mother from this burning car.
The couple's son pulled his mother from this burning car.
Thompson had driven his wife and son to property owned by his sister.
Thompson had driven his wife and son to property owned by his sister.

MONROE TOWNSHIP -- Police tell us a man started himself and his car on fire Tuesday after inviting his wife to breakfast. The couple were soon to be divorced, reports News 11's Tim Miller.

Robert Thompson called his wife, Teresia Thompson, and then picked her up along with the couple's 13-year-old son. Instead of going to a restaurant, however, they drove to the house of Robert's sister on Rauch Rd., near Telegraph Rd.

Before they reached the house, Thompson called his sister and asked for her forgiveness, police say.

When they reached the house, Thompson told his son to get out of the car, police say. As the boy was walking away from the car, he heard an explosion. He saw the car was on fire and pulled his mother from it.

Police say Thompson had doused himself and the car with gasoline. It is reported that Teresia Thompson suffered third degree burns over 90 percent of her body and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Thompson died on the scene.

Updated by LS