KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) – A driver who had to be cut from his vehicle after police said he plowed into a parked truck in Knightdale has died, a Knightdale official confirmed Thursday morning.
On Wednesday, a Volkswagen dragster driven by James Victor Massey collided with a Ford truck that was parked on the service area of Massey Auto Works, located at 101 S. First Ave.
Knightdale officials said that a preliminary investigation has revealed that Massey was testing a motor that had just been installed in the dragster while in the parking lot when the throttle became stuck in the open position.
Massey took evasive action to keep the vehicle from leaving his property and in doing so, hit a parked truck.
The impact caused the fuel line to break which resulted in the ignition of the high octane racing fuel used in the car.
The VW caught fire after the collision and emergency crews had to cut Massey out of the vehicle after the fire was extinguished.
Massey was taken to the UNC burn center, but died Thursday as a result of his injuries
“Jimmy Massey, his family, and his company have been long-time staples of the Knightdale community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time,” said Capt. Jacqui Boykin of the Knightdale Police Department.
Massey was the owner and operator of Massey Auto Works.
Driver cut from vehicle following fiery Knightdale collision