CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department suspects alcohol to be a contributing factor in a fatal crash involving four vehicles around 10 p.m. Dec. 7 at the 7500 block of Idlewild Road.
A 2002 Honda Civic driven by Vongsanith Prahongchanh was traveling west on Idlewild Road toward Independence Boulevard. Prahongchanh swerved to the right to avoid striking a 2002 Ford Taurus waiting to turn left onto Ware Road.
His Honda struck the back right corner of a 2002 Ford Taurus and collided head-on with a 2009 Chevrolet Express Van heading east on Idlewild Road. Prahongchanh’s vehicle was then struck by a 2018 Chevrolet Cruz traveling west on Idlewild Road.
The Chevrolet Cruz struck a telephone pole. The driver reported minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.
The driver and passenger of the Ford Taurus were taken to Novant Health Matthews Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet Express Van was not injured.
Prahongchanh died later at a hospital. Police said alcohol use by Prahongchanh is suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.
Witnesses may call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Officer Chuck Jamieson at 704-432-2169 to provide details.