Woman Charged for 2022 Traffic Death of Mom in Tuscaloosa for Dorm Move-In
A year after the deadly accident, a driver has been charged with manslaughter for the death of a Nebraska woman in Tuscaloosa to move her child into a University of Alabama dorm room.
Stephanie Taylor, a spokesperson for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, said Charlotte Leigh Wallin of Imperial, Nebraska was in the Druid City with her family for freshman move-in last August.
While four of the family members were walking on the sidewalk of Jack Warner Parkway between Hackberry Lane and Marrs Spring Road, Charlotte Wallin was struck by a motorist.
Taylor said the 45-year-old Nebraska woman was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center, then to UAB Hospital where she died the following day.
The driver, 31-year-old DaQuisha Meshunda Frank, reportedly told officers she was driving eastbound at around 60 miles per hour when she lost control of her 1999 Buick Century and drove onto the sidewalk before veering back onto Jack Warner and coming to a stop in the westbound lanes.
Taylor said investigators determined Frank was driving under the influence of marijuana and had a set of replacement brakes in her backseat to replace rear brakes she knew were faulty but had not been installed.
Frank was served with the warrant charging her with manslaughter Wednesday night. She has been released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail after posting $30,000 bond and her mugshot is not publicly available.