Burning Death in Bowie Under Investigation

A woman burned to death in the back of a cab on Aug. 17 after allegedly attempting to rob the cab driver.

Police are investingating the burning death of a woman last Friday who allegedly attempted to rob a cab driver and set him on fire.

According to police reports, Bowie Police officers noticed smoke coming from an office park on Northview Drive on Aug. 17. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a taxicab engulfed in flames and the driver outside of the vehicle with burns on his body. 

The body of 30-year-old Jacqueline Renee Savoy was found in the rear passenger’s seat after the fire was extinguished, according to WUSA9.

The driver told police that he picked up Savoy at the Largo Metro Station and drove her to the address on Northview Drive where Savoy attempted to rob him, struck him and sprayed him with an unknown liquid. The driver alleged that Savoy ignited the liquid as he was trying to escape the vehicle, according to reports.

The cab driver was treated for minor burns at an area hospital and released, reported WUSA9. The  fire and Savoy’s death are still under investigation by the Prince George’s County Fire Investigators and the Prince George's County Police homicide division.

Vanessa Grandy August 21, 2012 at 02:02 PM
The media people and police should get the facts straight before you write about a person The heartache you place on a family when read things that are not true is devastating to them
Pastor Carol A. Saunders August 22, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Driver, tell me, Jackie's family and friends, How do you leave a person in a car to burn when you and others had time to put out the fire on you and you leave another child of God locked and trapped by you in your cab? Is it policy to let someone drinking and smoking in your cab. Is it policy to lock the doors. What wrong did you do? Jackie is a loving caring person who has a loving and giving family, extending family and friends who love her. She is a child of God. She was always respectful to me and others. Watch what you say and report. I am devastated with the news that one of my children has gone home to be with the Lord.
Pastor Carol A. Saunders August 22, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I pray that you heal from your alleged injuries.
Lady August 22, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Jackie was a sweet girl, she was also on drugs. I knew her PERSONALLY for years. How do you now make it the victums responsiblity to save a person who attempted to rob and set them on fire? Where is the sympathy for him? He was probably in a state of shock from her sudden behavior. I dont know what kind of pastor you are, but you sound nuts
Bobby August 23, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I agree with Lady. I am a friend of jackie and I grew up with her brothers. I am indeed saddened by the loss. At the same time, I am so happy that the cab driver wasn't harmed and I find it abhorrent that someone would cast blame and culpability on a man that was egregiously set on fire. Religion ideology often obscures the view of reality.
M.Middleton August 27, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Why should the cab driver try to help her when she was going to kill him. Its no fault of his that her plan to rob and kill him backfired on her... no pun intended.
M.Middleton August 27, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Pastor, Seems that Jackie wanted to send one of Gods children home to be with the Lord ...but she took the trip and not the cab driver.....thank God for that
KB August 27, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I agree with the Pastor, I knew Jackie personally and the thought that she burned to death is heart breaking. I'm happy that the cab driver didn't burn to death as well. However, the fact that the doors was locked is troubling to me. Someone should have been able to unlock the doors. Not really sure what her being on drugs has to do with anything. My heart goes out to her family, especially her mother.
Walter Darnall August 27, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Assuming what I read in the above story is true (and also comments from some that the woman was a drug user) I don't get it. She's home with the Lord -- after she tried to rob an innocent man and potentially try to kill him by setting him on fire? Sounds like a case of poetic justice to me. Some are now going to try and fault the victim (cab driver) because the car door was locked (can't confirm that because it's not in the above story)? Why wouldn't the door be locked, after all, it's for a passenger's safety and the driver against a car jacker or robber and also to help prevent the door from opening in the event of an accident, etc. Possibly the woman -- being of fire -- didn't have the presence of mind to unlock the door -- trying to extinguish the fire to her. What ever the investigation ultimately reveals, the fact is, if the woman did in fact attempt to rob the cab driver and spray him with a flammable material, it was her alone that was responsible for her fate, pure and simple. Everything else is academic.
Platform August 27, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Oh take off your god blinders, he had a right to escape someone who was trying to KILL him. Good for her, she got what she deserved. It is standard policy to lock the doors in high crime neighborhoods to discourage carjacking, duh, get out of the church and learn about the world.
Sheila Robinson August 29, 2012 at 05:35 PM
The cab driver merely saved his own life. Why was sweet Jackie attempting to rob and set it on fire. Would you truely try to help someone that just attempted to kill you. All the people that are saying how sweet Jackie was but had a drug problem, how many of you reached out to her to offer your help. What if her crime had gone the way she planned and the driver was set on fire. Once she started the fire would she have had second throughts and tryed to save him?? I don't think so. She would have run away and left that man to die.So on that day jackie attempted to take another person's life, but lost hers instead. A loving caring person would not have attempted to do what Jackie planned to do on that, her last day on this earth.
sonia stewart August 31, 2012 at 01:26 AM
When I first heard about this I couldn't stop laughing. It's perfect for crooks are stupid episode. It's good to know that the evil do eventually get caught. Seriously, my thoughts are will the poor driver who lost his cab and will have difficulty providing a living for his family.
Nicole September 01, 2012 at 12:56 AM
To Pastor Carol A. Saunders, I think it is insensitive to expect the driver to be more concerned about your loving Jackie who wanted to rob and kill him. Pastor, tell the public, what is wrong with you? What policy is there for would-be victims to assist their would-be murderers? If loving Jackie was always respectful to you, does that justify her need to rob and kill the cab driver who was making an honest living? Sure, you are devasted but it is not the responsibility of driver to have made you happy by dying in the hands of one of your children. Be real.
pastor September 01, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I think the driver is the true child of God.There are some people you should never mess with.I don't understand the reasoning here,how is it the drivers fault when he was attacked by someone he thought was a legitimate passenger?I dont know the driver ,but i would also imagine that he has loving family members.People think about your actions and TAKE personal responsibilty for them instead of blaming others.God will NEVER bless the unacceptable
Happy September 19, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Let me get this straight. She tried to set him on fire and she BURNS to death. Sounds like a quick and justifiable trip to HELL for her.Good Riddance!!!


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