Chattanooga police seek man accused of fleeing crash that killed his passenger
The manhunt is on for a young man who led police on a high speed chase through Fort Oglethorpe.
The chase resulted in a fiery crash on E. 38th street that killed his back seat passenger.
On Monday night, police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. Police say the driver, Douglas Cody Gass, began speeding and eventually hit a power pole in Chattanooga.
Gass ran away, leaving his passenger Kobe Burchfield trapped inside the burning car to die.
"I don't know how you do it. I don't know how you recover," Kobe's father Michael Burchfield said.
Burchfield says life without his son has been incredibly difficult.
"You're supposed to take care of them and protect them and I couldn't do it," Burchfield told Channel 3.
He says Gass leaving his son was a tragic ending to what 19-year-old Kobe called a friendship.
"He was my son's best friend, you don't get to run around free after that," said Burchfield.
Burchfield says police had to cut his son Kobe out of the car before being airlifted to Vanderbilt hospital. His back was broken, neck fractured, and 93 percent of his body was burned.
Kobe's family drove to the Nashville hospital to say their goodbyes.
"It was the worst drive of my life," Burchfield recalled.
He says he held his son's hand as he took his last breath.
"Didn't want him to be alone. As a parent that's the last thing you can do for them," Burchfield told Channel 3.
Now the Burchfield's hope the man responsible for their family's loss will turn himself in.
"Grown men stand up and take responsibility for what they did. It's time for him to be a grown man," said Burchfield.
Kobe's funeral will be on Saturday.
Cody Gass fled on foot and has not been found.
If you know where he could be, call the Chattanooga Police Department at (423) 698-2525.
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