GALVESTON — Attempts were under way Monday to positively identify a man who was killed and whose body was badly burned when his car left the road, hit a fuel pump and erupted in flames, an official said.
The wreck happened about 10:15 p.m. Sunday at Harrison’s Seven Seas Grocery, 17523 FM 3005 in Galveston, said John Florence, a spokesman for the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Florence said he believes he knows the man’s name, but he’s trying to contact relatives in an attempt to possibly obtain dental records.
The man’s car was traveling west, and a witness pulled off the road, apparently when the man’s vehicle veered into the eastbound lane, Florence said.
“He slowed down and pulled to the shoulder,” Florence said. “When he witnessed the car hit the gas pump, he turned around and went back.”
The 2004 Chevrolet Impala struck the gas pump. The witness “went over to try to get the guy out, but the car was on fire, and he couldn’t get him out,” Florence said.
A clerk had just closed the store minutes before and left before the crash, said Tommy Harrison, 72, who has owned the business for 50 years.
The car hit one station of pumps, bounced back from the force of the impact and then apparently caught fire. The pumps were damaged by the impact but not by the fire, Harrison said. The store itself was unaffected and should be ready to sell fuel from another set of pumps today, Harrison said.
Galveston police officers were unable to find the car’s registered owner, Florence said.