RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A woman jumped from a pickup truck traveling on a Southern California freeway after the driver, her husband, splashed her with gasoline and set her ablaze, authorities said yesterday.
The 23-year-old woman, whose name has been withheld, suffered serious injuries from the fall from the pickup and was hospitalized at Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley, California Highway Patrol Officer Sylvia Vargas said. She is expected to recover.
Constantino Monterrosas Gamez, 39, of Santa Ana, was charged Tuesday with three felonies, including attempted murder with an allegation of domestic violence causing great bodily injury, false imprisonment, and making criminal threats, said John Hall, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.
Gamez remains jailed with bail set at $1 million pending arraignment July 28. There is no record that he has an attorney.
Gamez was driving on July 15 at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour on Interstate 15 in Corona when the couple began arguing, a patrol statement said.
Gamez was driving when he threw gasoline on the woman and used a cigarette lighter to set her on fire, the patrol said.