A Charlotte man who was injured early Thursday when his car crashed into a pond died Friday, authorities said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said Lewis Brice-Simms, 26, failed to negotiate a slight curve on Merlane Drive Thursday, the 2004 Saturn Ion ran off the road and ended up partially submerged in a pond. Brice-Simms could not get out of his seat belt. His 21-year-old female passenger was able to kick the glass out and ran to a house to call 911, stated officials.
Charlotte Fire Department freed Brice-Simms after being submerged for about 20 minutes. Brice-Simms died at Carolinas Medical Center around 11:30 a.m. Friday. As of Friday afternoon, the female passenger remained hospitalized at CMC-University with non-life threatening injuries.
Officials said evidence of alcohol use was found at the scene and inside the vehicle. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Detective Steve Williams with CMPD’s Major Crash Unit: 704-336-4465. Staff reports