Hickory Grove Division - Major Crash Detectives investigating a fatality on Pence Road


​Thursday, May 31, 2018,

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at approximately 1:24 p.m., Hickory Grove Division Officers responded to the 7500 block of Pence Road regarding a vehicle collision. Benjavan Pandech Yaemmongkol was the driver of a Blue Toyota Sienna minivan. Mrs. Yaemmongkol crossed the double yellow center line into oncoming traffic striking a Silver Chevrolet Impala head on. This vehicle was being driven by Thelma Clark Clyburn. The front seat passenger of the Toyota Sienna, identified as Dorothy Clark Witherspoon, was transported to CMC-Main with life threatening injuries. Mrs. Yaemmongkol was transported to CMC-Main with non-life threatening injuries. Mrs. Clyburn was transported to Novant Health with serious injuries.  

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 6:01 a.m., Mrs. Witherspoon was pronounced deceased due to the injuries she sustained during the vehicle crash on May 9, 2018. 

Speed and Alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors for the collision.

At this time the case remains under investigation.

The CMPD Major Crash Investigation Unit responded to the scene and conducted the investigation. Any person with information about  this case is asked to call Detective N.S. Bush (704) 432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.


Complaint number: 20180509-1324-01   

Location: 7500 Pence Road, Charlotte, NC 28227

Division: Hickory Grove


Driver #1:  Benjavan Pandech Yaemmongkol, A/F, DOB 10/24/1961

Status:  Minor Injury

Vehicle #1:  2004 Toyota Sienna (Blue)


Passenger #1: Dorothy Clark Witherspoon, B/F, DOB 04/17/1946

Status:  Deceased


Driver #2: Thelma Clark Clyburn, B/F, DOB 01/20/1945

Status:  Serious Injury

Vehicle#2:  2010 Chevrolet Impala (Silver)