CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A portion of a parking deck at a busy shopping mall collapsed Thursday, and a motorist who may have triggered the accident by crashing into the structure died, police said.

The woman's car crashed into the edge of the top level of the parking deck at SouthPark Mall, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokeswoman Julie Hill said.

A small portion of the three-tier deck collapsed, and the car fell through the opening, Hill said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Mecklenburg EMS Agency spokesman Eric Morrison said. A police report identified her as Shirley Sutton Hawkins, 64; it did not say how she died.