Independence Division - Detectives investigating a fatality in the 7500 block of Idlewild Road


Sunday, December 09, 2018,

On December 7, 2018 at 9:58p.m, officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Independence Division responded to the 7500 block of Idlewild Road in reference to a four-vehicle crash. Upon their arrival, the officers located a 2002 Honda Civic, a 2002 Ford Taurus, a 2009 Chevrolet Express Van and a 2018 Chevrolet Cruz that had all been involved in this motor vehicle collision.

The investigation into this incident has revealed that the 2002 Honda Civic was being driven by Vongsanith Prahongchanh and was travelling west on Idlewild Road towards Independence Boulevard when the crash occurred.  Mr. Prahongchanh was driving in the left lane approaching Ware Road when he swerved towards the right in an attempt to avoid striking a 2002 Ford Taurus which was stopped in the roadway in front of him, waiting to make a left turn onto Ware Road.  Mr. Prahongchanh's vehicle struck the back right corner of the Ford Taurus and then continued travelling west on Idlewild Road. As he approached Idlebrook Drive, he crossed over the double yellow line into the path of a 2009 Chevrolet Express Van, which was heading east on Idlewild Road, resulting in a  head-on collision.  Due to the impact with the Chevrolet Express Van, Mr. Prahongchanh's vehicle was spun back onto the right side of Idlewild Road where it was then struck by a 2018 Chevrolet Cruz that was traveling west on Idlewild Road.  After the impact with Mr. Prahongchanh's vehicle, the 2018 Chevrolet Cruz ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a telephone pole.

The driver and passenger of the Ford Taurus were both transported by MEDIC to Novant Health Matthews Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the 2009 Chevrolet Express Van was not transported and was not injured.  The driver of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruz reported that he received only minor injuries from the crash and was not transported to the hospital.

The driver of the Honda, Vongsanith Prahongchanh, was transported by MEDIC to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center-Main where he later passed away from the injuries he received in the crash.

Alcohol use by Mr. Prahongchanh is suspected to be a contributing factor in this crash.  

This crash is being investigated by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Departments Major Crash Investigation Unit. Any witnesses are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Officer Chuck Jamieson at 704-432-2169.


CMPD Report number: 20181207-215802

Location: 7500 Block Idlewild Road


Vehicle One:  2002 Honda Civic

Driver One: Vongsanith Prahongchanh, DOB: 06/27/1976.

Status: Deceased

Seatbelt: Yes


Vehicle Two: 2002 Ford Taurus

Driver Two: Angela Johnson, DOB: 10/24/1971.

Status: Minor Injury (Transported)

Passenger:  Name withheld due to age.

Status:  Minor Injury (Transported)

Seatbelt/ Child seat: Yes


Vehicle Three: 2009 Chevrolet Express Van

Driver Three:  Joshua Dicola, DOB: 09/22/1978.

Status:  Not Injured

Seatbelt: Yes


Vehicle Four:  2018 Chevrolet Cruz

Driver Four: Anthony Makuson, DOB: 03/10/1991.

Status: Minor Injury (Not Transported)

Seatbelt: Yes