Published: Jun 22, 2014 5:31 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 23, 2014 6:58 PM EDT

ST. JAMES CITY, Fla. - A body was found yesterday inside a burned vehicle on the southern end of Pine Island.

Deputies arrived on scene at Warren Boulevard in St. James City and found discovered the victim was an elderly male.

According to Lee County Sheriff's detectives, for unknown reasons, the victim was driving on one of his steel rims for several miles after his tire shredded. As he drove along Warren Boulevard, approaching the intersection of Emerald Avenue, the vehicle burst into flames and the driver was unable to escape.

One mechanic tells WINK News, when experiencing a flat tire, drivers should pull over and call for help.  He goes on to say he is not surprised the car went up in flames, because of the friction caused between the rim and the road.

The body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification of the driver and official cause of death.