Waltavius Mims, 31, was the driver of the vehicle that hit and killed Tran Viet Tran, 42, and his dog on July 1, 2020. Waltavius was arrested on July 22 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Waltavius was driving a Toyota Highlander at an alleged high rate of speed on Prosperity Church Road Charlotte, NC when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox. The vehicle continued and then struck Tran who was walking his dog on the sidewalk, causing fatal injuries to both.
The Toyota continued across Pinewood Lane and traveled over a curb and into a wooded area where it struck a tree and came to a stop.
Impairment is not suspected as a factor in the crash. Failure to maintain lane and reckless driving are suspected to be the proximate causes of the crash. Brian was also charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and reckless driving.