Man who caught on fire while driving dies at hospital

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Posted: Apr 06, 2015 9:22 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An 84-year-old Rochester-area man who suffered severe burns when a dropped cigarette ignited his clothes while driving on a New York road has died.

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester (http://on.rocne.ws/1yOHFVP ) reports that officials at Strong Memorial Hospital confirm that Christopher Flowers of Chili (CHY'-leye) has died. Additional details of his death, including the date, haven't been released.

Police in the suburb of Gates say Flowers was driving on the morning of March 9 when his clothing caught fire after he dropped a lit cigarette into this shirt. Flowers pulled over and got out of the car as his several layers of clothing burst into flames.

A man and two women pulled over and put out the flames that had engulfed his torso and head.

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Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, http://www.democratandchronicle.com