A woman who sold her car to a 13-year-old boy is behind bars, charged with murder in a subsequent crash in which the teen killed an elderly driver.

By Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A woman who sold her car to a 13-year-old boy is behind bars, charged with murder in a subsequent crash in which the teen killed an elderly driver.

Katrina Lyn Russell, 37, of Nashville, is charged with vehicular homicide by reckless conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She is being held in the Davidson County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bond.

Fatal crash: Katrina Lyn Russell, 37, of Nashville, is charged with vehicular homicide by reckless conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with a March 5, 2021, crash that killed a Nashville man. Russell is accused of selling her car to the 13-year-old driver for $80. (Metro Nashville Police Department)

Metropolitan Nashville police officials said the charges stem from a March 5 crash that killed David Lawrence Cheatham, 71, of Nashville.

The teen driver, whose name has not been released, was driving a white Dodge Dart along Nolensville Pike the morning of the crash. According to police, the boy was speeding away from the scene of a hit-and-run crash.

Cheatham, who had just made a purchase at O’Reilly Auto Parts, was about to exit the parking lot when his Dodge Challenger was struck by the teen’s car. Cheatham died at the scene, authorities said.

Detectives determined that Russell was the legal owner of the Dodge Dart. The teen driver told police he bought the car from Russell for $80.

She was taken into custody on the charges related to the fatal crash.

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