CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Koch, 47, was driving to pick his son up from Rocky River Golf Club in Concord when he crashed his car and died Saturday afternoon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.
Just after 3:30 p.m., Koch’s black Hyundai Genesis veered off the road in the 11800 block of North Tryon Street, across a large parking lot and slammed into a building. Witnesses said the vehicle was traveling between 50 and 55 mph before it crashed into a door on the side of the vacant building, Sgt. David Sloan said.
Crash investigators don’t know yet what caused the wreck but suspect a medical problem might have played a part. Koch was on time to pick up his son at 4 p.m., who had been playing golf, Sloan said. Investigators aren’t ruling out alcohol as a contributing factor, but Koch’s family members told police it’s unlikely the South Charlotte man had been drinking or drunk at the time of his death.
Still, police will have to wait for a medical examiner’s report to have a better sense of what happened.
The collision left Koch’s sedan wedge into the building for several hours Saturday afternoon, but traffic on North Tryon was not affected. The building once housed Love Motor, an old salvage yard, but is empty now and set to be auctioned, said LuAnn Wray, a real estate broker with R. Giles Moss Auction and Real Estate.
Officers are asking anyone who may have witnessed the wreck to contact them at 704-336-8862.