Man found dead in fiery South Bend car crash

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Police say one man is dead after an unusual crash in South Bend.

Just after 1 p.m. Monday, they responded to a call in the 2200 block of W. Bulla, where neighbors reported a car crashing and catching fire.

Police say the car was apparently backing down an alley when it hit two fences.

"It appears the gas tank was ruptured somewhere, so it was a high, intense fire," said South Bend Division Chief Gary Horvath.

When police and firefighters arrived on the scene, the car was engulfed in flames. Once it was extinguished, they found one man dead in the driver's seat.

The man's identity and cause of death are unknown.

While police say the incident appears to be a traffic accident, one neighbor told NewsCenter 16 it appeared to be something more.

She didn't want her name or face to be revealed.

"I came outside and two male black guys were running down the alley away from the car and his tires were spinning fast," she said.

Police say they didn't receive any reports of people fleeing the scene. Metro Homicide did come out to examine the car.

Police say they won't be able to determine what exactly happened until they take the car apart and autopsy results come in.

Authorities are "99% sure" of the victim’s identity, but the coroner has to make the official call.

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