The passenger killed in a single-vehicle accident Saturday has been identified as 23-year-old Sondra D. Cunningham, of Independence.

The passenger killed in a single-vehicle accident Saturday has been identified as 23-year-old Sondra D. Cunningham, of Independence.

Meanwhile, Jackson County prosecutors have charged 27-year-old Dale L. Thomas, also of Independence, the driver who allegedly caused the crash, with one count of felony involuntary manslaughter vehicular driving while intoxicated.

The crash happened early Saturday near the intersection of Noland Road and 23rd Street. Thomas was driving north on Noland at a high rate of speed through the intersection. He lost control of the Dodge Neon and struck a light pole. The car caught on fire.

A witness pulled Thomas from the burning vehicle but did not see Cunningham inside the car before flames fully engulfed the vehicle.

Thomas was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. His condition improved and was released from the hospital Tuesday and taken to the Jackson County Courthouse Annex, where he made first appearance on the charge.

A Jackson County judge set his bond at $50,000.

A police officer smelled alcohol on Thomas’s breath while they were in the emergency room at the hospital. Police interviewed Thomas later and he told them he had been drinking, according to court documents.

A second vehicle apparently was side-by-side with Thomas, also driving at a high rate of speed, the records indicate.

Several witnesses told police the vehicles were racing, according to court documents. One witness told authorities the cars were going 100 miles per hour, another witness said possibly 90 mph, according to court records.

 Police interviewed the two people in the second vehicle when they returned to the accident scene.

Police don’t believe the two cars touched. They submitted a case to the prosecutor’s office regarding the actions of the second vehicle. Prosecutors have not pressed charges on that driver.

Thomas has four prior convictions for speeding, according to the records.