Owner of Walter Colson Paint and Body Shop indicted for death of kayaker on Percy Priest Lake

Owner of Walter Colson Paint and Body Shop indicted for death of kayaker on Percy Priest Lake

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A Davidson County Grand Jury indicted 61-year-old Walter William Colson for vehicular homicide, aggravated assault leading to death, reckless endangerment, and reckless boating on April 24th, 2024. The indictment alleges that Colson, on the 29th day of April 2023 in Davidson County, Tennessee, recklessly killed Jaida Lindsay by the operation of a motorboat or vessel, the killing of Jaida Lindsay being the proximate result of Colson’s conduct.

On May 9th, detectives were conducting a warrant service on Colson, where they explained the situation to him, to which he replied, “I am not going with you today,” and started walking away. When detectives told him to stop and tried grabbing his arm, he pulled away, “puffed out” his chest, and began to move as if he was going to hit them with the tools in his hands. He was detained for the occurrence and was additionally charged with resisting arrest.

Walter Colson (MNPD)
Walter Colson (MNPD)

Walter Colson of Chandler Place in Hermitage, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on May 9th, charged with vehicular homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, reckless/negligence operating a boat with injury, and resisting arrest. He is free on a $11,000 bond.

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