James MacCallum, 76, died early Friday as a result of injuries from a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.
The Charlotte man was pronounced dead around midnight Friday at Carolinas Medical Center-Main, after the 2009 Toyota Corolla MacCallum was driving hit the guide wire of a utility pole and the corner of the Elvis Automotive building at 5137 Central Ave. the day before, officials said.
CMPD Detective Andrew Oberer said officials believe the crash was the result of a medical condition, but that has yet to be confirmed. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.
According to officials, MacCallum was driving on North Sharon Amity Road around noon Thursday and stopped at the traffic light at Central Avenue. When the light turned green, MacCallum’s vehicle remained stationary for 10 to 15 seconds as traffic around him began to move.
The Toyota moved forward slowly, then quickly accelerated and veered to the right. Officials said the Toyota ran onto the curb and sheered the guide wire to a utility pole before hitting the corner of the automotive building with the front center of the vehicle.
Police said MacCallum was unrestrained when the front airbags deployed, and he was transported to CMC-Main with critical injuries.
Oberer said officials with Duke Energy deemed the utility pole was safe, as it was not hit during the crash, though they plan to replace the guide wires.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Oberer with the Major Crash Unit at 704-432-2169.