Man found under car died accidentally after crash, police say

A man found dead under a burning car Sunday morning in Elliott County died of smoke inhalation, and the fire started accidentally, state police said Monday.

Witnesses said James D. Mabry, 48, of Olive Hill, ran off the road and was trying to get his car off the embankment on Ky. 504 Sunday morning, said Detective Toby Gardner of the Kentucky State Police.

"We don't know, and we may never know" how the fire started, Gardner said. A catalytic converter could have set dry brush on fire, or stumps on the embankment could have damaged the gas tank, or something else could have gone wrong, Gardner said.

The car was destroyed, and Mabry died of smoke inhalation, Gardner said.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Northcutt & Son Funeral Home in Morehead.