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Driver who Struck Pedestrian on Harding Place Charged with Vehicular Homicide

4/17/2014

April 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The driver who struck a pedestrian on Harding Place at the Interstate 24 East entrance ramp Wednesday night is charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication and an implied consent violation.
         
Charles James Farris II, 40, of Murfreesboro, was driving his 2000 Toyota Corolla onto the entrance ramp at 11 p.m. when he struck Carlton Pitts, 59, of 380 Harding Place.  Pitts, who had been in a crosswalk, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.
         
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.  Farris smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet and had watery eyes.  His performance in field sobriety tasks indicated impairment.  Before going to jail, Farris was taken to General Hospital for the taking of a blood sample, which will be analyzed by the TBI Crime Laboratory for alcohol & drug content.
        
There was no evidence at the scene to indicate alcohol involvement on the part of Pitts.
         
Farris is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.
         
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Charles James Farris II