WESTCHESTER, Calif. (KTLA) — An investigation is underway after a body was found in a burned out car Friday morning.
Authorities responded to a vehicle fire around 4:45 a.m. in the 5400 block of West 99th Street.
After the fire was put out, they discovered a burned male body in the driver seat of the vehicle.
The body is believed to be that of 46-year-old Brian Kelsey, who lived in a nearby apartment with his wife and son.
Brian Kelsey heard the sirens and ran outside to see his father’s car in flames.
“My instincts said it was him. My heart was praying it wasn’t him,” said Brian.
Lt. John Radtke of the LAPD said it appeared to be a hit-and-run.
Radtke said the 1992 Cadillac may have been having mechanical issues and was parked.
He believes it may have burst into flames after being struck by another vehicle.
Whoever hit the vehicle did not stop to assist or stay to talk to investigators.
The crash is now being investigated as a homicide.