Driver charged after hitting, killing man in south Nashville - WKRN News 2

Driver charged after hitting, killing man in south Nashville

Posted: Updated: April 18, 2014 09:57 AM CDT
Carlton Pitts was hit and killed by a driver while he was walking along Harding Place in south Nashville. Carlton Pitts was hit and killed by a driver while he was walking along Harding Place in south Nashville.
Charles Farris, 40, of Murfreesboro, is charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication. Charles Farris, 40, of Murfreesboro, is charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A driver is facing vehicular homicide charges after a pedestrian was struck and killed late Wednesday night in south Nashville.

The accident happened as the victim was walking along Harding Place in a crosswalk at the entrance to Interstate 24 around 11 p.m.

The victim, Carlton Pitts, 59, rolled onto the vehicle and through the windshield.

Pitts' fiancé, Debbie Givens, was walking with him at the time of the accident, but was not injured.

"This driver came and he sped at a high-rate-of-speed and hit him and he just kept going," said Givens.

She told police the driver, identified as 40-year-old Charles Farris of Murfreesboro, continued driving after he struck the victim, then backed up the on-ramp before hitting a guardrail before coming to a complete stop.

"I grabbed him around his waist and I pulled him from the windshield and I laid him to the ground and blood was coming out of his mouth and all over his face," recalled Givens.

Police said the distance between where the crash happened and the guardrail was nearly 100 feet.

Pitts was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died just after 2 a.m. Thursday.

Officers on the scene said Farris smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.  He allegedly admitted to drinking "a few glasses of wine," according to an affidavit.

While testing Farris' sobriety at a nearby, well-lit parking lot, police stated he showed signs of impairment and staggered several times.

He was arrested and charged with implied consent and vehicular homicide.

Now instead of saying vows to the man she loved, givens is vowing to attend every one of Farris' court dates, hoping justice will be served.

"I hope and pray every day he's incarcerated when he sees Carl's face through the front of that windshield that it will haunt his memory for the rest of his life," said Givens.

This is Farris' first run-in with the law.  His court date is set for April 23.

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