Woman dies after car crashes into her home; driver charged

Michael Harris

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 71-year-old woman was killed early Monday morning after a driver crashed into her Bellevue home.

Police and medics responded to the home on General George Patton Road and Sawyer Brown Road at 1 a.m.

According to Metro police, the driver was headed south on Sawyer Brown Road when he lost control, hit a pole, crossed several yards and George Patton Road before driving into the home of Bobbie Ann Lafollette.

Investigators say the car went so far into the home; it almost went through a second condo.

The car tag is registered to a man who lives nearby, according to police.

Authorities used that information to track down the driver, identified as 28-year-old Michael Harris, and his 24-year-old passenger.

Harris admitted that he had consumed alcohol but denied having knowledge of being involved in a crash or the whereabouts of his car.

He refused to perform field sobriety tasks and smelled of alcohol.

Harris, who was convicted of DUI in June 2015, is charged with vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, failure to render aid, and an open container violation.

A blood sample from Harris will be analyzed for alcohol and drug content.

Harris is jailed in lieu of $135,000 bond.

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