Driver Charged In Crash That Killed Pedestrian

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Driver Charged In Crash That Killed Pedestrian

CREATED Apr 18, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 40-year-old man was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication after police said he struck and killed a pedestrian late Wednesday night.

Police said the driver, identified as Charles James Farris II of Murfreesboro, had been drinking when he struck Carlton Pitts who was crossing the street at the Harding Place exit just off Interstate 24 eastbound around 11 p.m.

Pitts' fiance told officers that she and Pitts had been in a marked crosswalk when he was hit by the car. 

Police said Farris drove approximately 250 feet with Pitts on the hood of his car prior to stopping on the ramp, backing up, and striking a guard rail.

Pitts was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died. His fiance was not hurt.

Farris, who officers said smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet and had watery eyes, failed field sobriety tests. An affidavit said he admitted to having a few glasses of wine.

Farris was taken to General Hospital for a blood sample to be taken, which will be analyzed for alcohol and drug content by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory.

There was no evidence at the scene to indicate alcohol involvement on the part of Pitts.

Farris' bond was set at $150,000.