The man driving a car that went into a pond Thursday morning has died, according to police.
Lewis Iamar Brice-Simms, 26 was driving a 2004 Saturn Ion with passenger Charlene Taylor Maxwell, 21, south on Merlane Drive. Brice-Simms didn't turn with a slight curve in the road and went off the right side of the road.
The vehicle hit a bush and then turned over onto its roof, according to police. The car went airborne and landed in a pond.
Brice-Simms, the driver, had his seat belt fastened and was unable to get out. Maxwell was able to kick the glass out and run to a house to call 911.
Charlotte Fire Department arrived and freed Brice-Simms from the car after he'd been submerged for about 20 minutes. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Maxwell was transported to Carolinas Medical Center-University with minor injuries.
After being taken to the hospital, Brice-Simms was pronounced dead due to injuries from the crash.
Police said evidence of alcohol use was found on site and inside the car.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Major Crash Unit is conducting the investigation. Any witnesses are asked to call Detective Steve Williams at 704-336-6684.