Driver “outstanding” after fiery wreck; one person found dead, OKCPD officer burned

OKLAHOMA CITY - One person is dead, an officer injured after a car burst into flames on the city's far east side Monday evening. And police are still searching for the driver.

Emergency crews were called to North Air Depot and Wilshire Boulevards for a single vehicle crash shortly after 5 p.m.

Police and witnesses said the responding police officer tried to get the passenger out of the burning vehicle.

"The officer responded to the call for a motor vehicle collision at this location," said Oklahoma City Police Lt. Tommy Joyce. "When he arrived, the vehicle was engulfed in flames, he saw a passenger inside the vehicle and he went up there to attempt to get the passenger out but was unable to do so because of the flames."

"I saw the police officer running to the car, the car was fully engulfed," said witness James Williams. "I saw the police officer yanking the door open which led me to surmise that there must be somebody in that car."

Williams said he ran to his nearby home to grab a fire extinguisher but, when he returned, the fire was put out.

The passenger was found dead at the scene and has not yet been identified. Police said Tuesday the passenger was killed prior to the crash.

Police said the driver took off from the crash scene, and is currently "outstanding," according to police.

The officer was taken to the hospital with burns to his arms. He is expected to be okay.