Attacked by 4 young men he didn’t know, victim’s girlfriend says
rafe arnott/metro vancouver
A teenager who was doused with gasoline and lit on fire staggered Burnaby streets calling for help for upwards of an hour before a passing motorist found him unconscious and took him to hospital.
The 18-year-old New Westminster resident, whose parents don’t want his name released, faces at least a month in hospital, where he’s being treated for burns so severe his doctors said he’s lucky he isn’t facing amputation, according to his girlfriend.
Miah, who said she didn’t want her last name published, said her boyfriend was attacked around 10 p.m. on Monday night while walking by Cariboo Hill Secondary School.
He told her four young men came up behind him, pushed him to the ground, robbed him and lit him on fire before running into a nearby wooded park.
Miah said his hands were so badly burned they were swollen to twice their normal size, and when she visited him at Vancouver General Hospital yesterday his skin was falling onto the floor.
"He was groaning in pain," she said. "Every time he tries to go to sleep he wakes up every three or four seconds yelling, ‘I’m on fire! I’m on fire!’ "
"It is a random attack," she said. "He told me that he didn’t know (his attackers). He was asking me, ‘Why me?’ What kind of answer can I give him?"