Ala. man accused of causing crash that killed on-duty paramedic charged with reckless murder

The suspect accused of killing Care Ambulance Paramedic David Mimm was initially charged with the lower-level felony of manslaughter


Kirsten Fiscus
Montgomery Advertiser

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ala. — The charge against a Montgomery man has been increased after a grand jury determined the car wreck that killed an on-duty paramedic was more akin to reckless murder than manslaughter.

Dontorrius Jaquez Belser, 29, was initially charged with manslaughter after 54-year-old David Mimm died following a wreck in March 2020.

Mimm, a co-worker and a patient were traveling north on Eastern Boulevard about 1:45 a.m. March 1, 2020 when Belser, driving a 2016 Hyundai Sonata, struck the ambulance while traveling east on Vaughn Road.

According to Belser's charging documents, he ran a red light at the intersection.

Belser suffered minor injuries, while everyone in the ambulance suffered significant, life-threatening injuries.

All three in the ambulance were taken to the hospital where Mimm ultimately died.

A grand jury last month dismissed the Class B felony manslaughter charge against Belser and instead indicted him on a Class A felony charge of reckless murder, according to court records made public Thursday.

Belser was also initially charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one for Mimm's co-worker and another for the patient they were transporting. The grand jury also opted to increase those charges to first-degree assault.

Upon being served the grand jury warrants, Belser was booked back into the Montgomery County Detention Facility for a short time before he was released on an increased bond of $210,000.

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