Homicide charge filed against owner of car driven by 13-year-old in fatal Nashville crash

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A woman faces a felony charge after detectives said she sold her car to a 13-year-old boy who later crashed in South Nashville, killing a 71-year-old man.

Katrina Russell, 37, was booked into the Metro jail Wednesday night on charges of vehicular homicide by recklessness and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Katrina Russell (Courtsy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Metro police said a 13-year-old boy fleeing from a hit-and-run crash on the morning of March 5 slammed the Dodge Dart he was driving into a Dodge Challenger in the parking lot of O’Reilly Auto Parts along Nolensville Pike, south of Harding Place.

David Cheatham, 71, was inside the Dodge Challenger and died from his injuries, according to investigators.

David Cheatham, 71, was killed in a crash in South Nashville on March 9, 2021 (Photo submitted)

The 13-year-old driver, whose name has not been released, was charged in juvenile court with vehicular homicide by recklessness.

An arrest warrant alleges Russell had given her car keys to the 13-year-old boy in exchange for 80 dollars, despite knowing his age. The child told detectives he had purchased the Dodge Dart from Russell, who later admitted to the sale, the police report states.

Metro police said they arrested Russell, who does not have a residence, when officers responded to a Helmwood Drive home under renovation Wednesday after receiving reports of people living inside without permission.

Russell answered the door and told officers she was helping a friend paint the house, according to investigators.

She was arrested and remains in the Metro jail in lieu of a $6,000 bond.

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