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Tennessee Woman Sold a Car to a 13-Year-Old Boy for $80 Who Then Crashes it Killing Elderly Man.

37-year-old Katrina Lyn Russell was arrested last Wednesday after she allegedly sold a car to a 13-year-old boy. Tennessee authorities say that on March 5, Russell sold her Dodge Dart to the teen for $80. The boy then got behind the wheel, attempted to drive but crashed into another car killing the driver. Reports say that David Cheatham, 71, of Nashville was running an errand at the O'Reilly Auto Parts store and had just got back into his car. According to witnesses when Cheatham attempted to leave the parking lot his car was struck by the Dodge Dart driven by the teen. Via News Channel 5:

LaDonya Johnson says growing up Cheatham helped raise her. She's heartbroken with how this reckless action ended in her losing her uncle.

"The first thing that came to my mind when I heard about it was why wasn't this child in school? He's 13 years old he should at least be at home doing it virtually," Johnson said.

Johnson tells me Cheatham was a hard-working man. He worked up to three jobs at a time to support his wife and three children. Now that they are all grown up, he moved into the role of doting grandfather.

He was a family man and came from a big family. He had six brothers and sisters.

Russell, who does not have a residence, was taken into custody when officers responded to a Helmwood Drive home under renovation after reports of people living there without permission. Russell came to the door and told officers that she was helping a friend paint the house. She was questioned about her involvement with the fatal crash and did tell police officers that she had given the teen the keys to her vehicle.

Russell is jailed in lieu of $6,000 bond.

Russell is being charged with vehicular homicide by recklessness and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The 13-year-old driver involved in the fatal crash is charged in Juvenile Court with vehicular homicide by recklessness, driving without a license, and no proof of insurance.

Our prayers are with Mr. Cheatham's family and friends. This was a horrible way to lose a loved one.


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