Sgt. 1st Class Erik Kingsley was driving his brother-in-law to the airport in the early morning hours of April 1, 2017, when he noticed the headlights of a vehicle in a ditch and sparks underneath it.
Kingsley slammed on the brakes and told his wife to call authorities.
e and his brother-in-law then ran toward the vehicle.
Trees and brush surrounded the vehicle, which was locked. Kingsley broke the window and turned off the car.
“He was pushing the foot on the accelerator the whole time, which was causing the engine to overheat and the embers to shoot from the bottom to the top of the car,” Kingsley recalled on Thursday.