Charlotte, N.C. – (Friday, September 10, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Investigation Unit are conducting a fatal motor vehicle collision in the South Division.
On Friday, September 10, 2021, at 6:36 a.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Midway Park Drive and Walnut Branch Lane. Members of the Charlotte Fire Department and Medic also responded to the scene. When officers arrived, they located a pedestrian in the roadway with severe injuries near a Chevy Tahoe with front-end damage. Medic transported the pedestrian to Atrium Health Main with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevy Tahoe remained on the scene. The pedestrian, identified as Sharon Peggy Kleinmintz, DOB: 03/10/1945, was later pronounced deceased at Atrium Health Main due to the injuries she sustained from the crash. Her family has been notified of her death.
Detectives with the Major Crash Investigation Unit and Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to investigate. The initial investigation revealed that the Chevy Tahoe, driven by Robert Michael Bennett, DOB: 10/05/1969, was traveling south on Midway Park Drive. Kleinmintz was walking east on the sidewalk along Walnut Branch Lane. When Kleinmintz reached the intersection, she attempted to cross Midway Park Drive in an unmarked crosswalk. The Tahoe failed to yield the right-of-way for Kleinmintz, who was in the roadway when the Tahoe struck her.
Impairment and speed are not suspected as contributing factors to this crash. Bennett has been charged with Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle and Failure to Yield to Pedestrian Traffic.
The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Any person who witnessed the crash or has information about this case is asked to call Detective Kupfer at 704-432-2169, extension 1. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/. For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210910-0636-01.