An identified male driver died inside his vehicle Sunday after it caught fire while he was attempting to drive on the rim of one wheel after a tire shredded.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call in reference to the vehicle fire in St. James City shortly after 3 p.m.
When deputies arrived, firefighters with the Pine Island Fire Department were working to extinguish the fully engulfed vehicle.
Once the fire was out, a body was located in the driver's seat, officials said, adding there were no other occupants inside the vehicle.
"An investigation by Lee County sheriff's detectives shows that, for unknown reasons, the victim was driving on one of his steel rims for several miles after his tire shredded," a release issued late Sunday by the Sheriff's Office states. "As he drove along Warren Boulevard approaching the intersection of Emerald Avenue, the vehicle burst into flames and the driver was unable to escape."
The body has been taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification of the driver and official cause of death, officials said.
Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office