Bystander pulls passenger from car, driver dies in crash

Bystander pulls passenger from car, driver dies in crash

TEMPE, Ariz. -

A bystander pulled a passenger from a burning car after it crashed on Monday night. The driver of the car was killed.

Tempe Police say the driver of an SUV was turning near Apache and Rural when he lost control and crashed into a pole and a palm tree. The vehicle then burst into flames.

"There were two occupants in the vehicle. The driver died of his injuries sustained in the collision and the passenger is in serious condition at the hospital," said Tempe Police Sgt. Steve Carbajal.

That person may owe his life to a man who was in the right place at the right time.

"I just heard the boom, so when I looked, I just seen the flames, so off of instinct, I didn't know who was in there... I just seen the flames and everything," said Jean Paul Roane.

"I asked him was there anyone else in the car he said no it was just me and my brother... we were pulling them out of the car and the car was just engulfed in flames. It was just actually adrenaline."

Police don't know what caused the driver to crash, but it appears he was speeding. They are also trying to determine if alcohol played a role.

No names have been released.

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