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Published on May 15, 2024
Nashville Man, 61, Indicted for Reckless Vehicular Homicide in Percy Priest Lake Kayaker DeathSource: Alex Quintana, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A 61-year-old man, Walter Colson, has been indicted in connection with the death of a kayaker on Percy Priest Lake last year. Colson faces charges of reckless vehicular homicide, reckless aggravated assault, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, and reckless boating. WSMV reports that during his arrest on May 9, he resisted, pulling his arms away from officers.

The tragic incident happened near the Hamilton Creek boat ramp on April 29, 2023, when a boat operated by Colson hit a solo kayaker, who was later identified as 24-year-old Jaida Lindsay from Murfreesboro. Lindsay did not resurface following the collision and was not wearing a life vest at the time of the incident, as stated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. After the arrest made on May 9, Colson has also been slammed with an additional charge of resisting arrest.

In line with the information from WKRN, detectives served a warrant to Colson, and upon their arrival, he told them, "I’m not going with you today." The arrest report also details that Colson pulled his arm away from a detective, allegedly puffed out his chest, and posed a threat by moving as if to hit the detective with tools in hand.

According to Scoop Nashville, Lindsay, who lost her life in the boating incident, was remembered as an individual who made a difference in her community. The indictment accuses Colson of operating his boat with negligence or recklessness, resulting in Lindsay's death. He's been released on bond and is scheduled for his day in court on July 17.