Kannapolis police arrested Berry Cook Jr.
, 28, and charged him with attempted murder, saying he used his 15-year-old Oldsmobile to try to kill pedestrian Jimmy Douglas Mauldin
As of Sunday afternoon, the charge against Cook was still attempted murder, according to a jail official. The case will be reviewed by the district attorney's office, officials said.
The victim, who was standing across the street from the assisted living center where he stayed, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center and died Saturday evening.
Investigators told the Observer's news partner WCNC that the driver said he intentionally hit Mauldin because he was tired of seeing people stand in the road
. Mauldin was standing well off the side of the road, police said.
Jackson said crime scene and traffic investigators were reconstructing the crash to determine details such as speed.
Jackson said Mauldin was standing on the south side of Pine Street when Cook, driving west, crossed the center line and hit him
Mauldin lived at Kannapolis Village assisted living center. Family members said he lived at the center to help cope with a stroke he suffered in his 30s.
Cook was convicted in May of assault on a female and in May 2001 for breaking and entering.