A man in Miami, Florida is fighting for his life after a potentially fatal Christmas Day attack that burned him alive.
44-year-old Darrell Brackett (pictured) was driving in a car with his girlfriend in Miami around 11:30pm when the vehicle ran out of gas. Brackett exited the vehicle and instructed his girlfriend to stay in the car. He walked to a nearby gas station called U-Gas and filled up a gas can. Shortly thereafter, Bracket was seen by witnesses running in the middle of the street visibly on fire.
Brackett’s mother Bridgett (last name Brackett also) was told by police that her son was surrounded by three men at the gas station who soaked him in gasoline and set his on fire. Bridgett Brackett told ABC news: It’s heartbreaking. It’s horrendous. I would never imagine that this would happen to my son.” (ABC News)
Brackett was spotted by an unidentified woman who helped him to the side of the road and assisted him in rolling over in some sand. This helped him put the fire out. Brackett’s mother also told ABC news: “If she hadn’t done that, he would have burned to death.” Darrell Brackett was then taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment in the severe burn unit.
He was originally in critical condition after suffering burns on 75 percent of his body. His mother also gave an update on his condition stating: “He was semi-alert. He could hear me, moving his eyes and thrashing around in the bed. He has no skin left on his body,” Bridgett Brackett said. “The only things that didn’t burn were his feet and short jeans.”
At press time, police had not found the suspects or a motive for this tragic attack.