Driver charged after striking, killing person walking dog in north Charlotte

Driver charged after striking, killing person walking dog in north Charlotte
The incident happened near the intersection of Pinewood Lane and Prosperity Church Road just before 8 p.m. (Source: unsplash.com)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - One person and a dog were both killed after being hit by a car in north Charlotte Wednesday night.

The incident happened near the intersection of Pinewood Lane and Prosperity Church Road just before 8 p.m.

CMPD says the victim, identified as 48-year-old Tran Viet Tran, was walking a dog was hit by a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the dog was also killed.

The vehicle remained at the scene.

Officers said the driver, 31-year-old Waltavius Brian Mims, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and reckless driving, and was cited for failure to maintain lane.

Nearly a month later on July 30, CMPD said Mims was also charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Police said Mims, the driver of a Toyota Highlander, was traveling at a high-rate speed on Prosperity Church Road when he ran off the right side of the road and struck a mailbox. As the car continued, it struck the man and his dog on the sidewalk.

Impairment is not suspected, according to police, but reckless driving is suspected as the main cause of the crash.

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