(Gibson County, TN) A 20-year-old is charged and a Gibson County family is in mourning this Thanksgiving after a loved one is killed in a bizarre accident.
While news of the arrest brings some closure for the victim’s family and friends, it doesn’t ease the pain.
Bobbie Walker’s family spent Thanksgiving in mourning, salvaging what they could from the charred home where she died Wednesday morning.
The 77-year-old woman’s death has shocked many people in Gibson County.
Neighbor Danny Milam is one of them, “She was a good lady, good neighbor, didn’t bother anybody, kept her place nice.”
Investigators say a stolen car, reportedly driven by 20-year-old Cody Buchanan of Humboldt, crashed into Walker’s house after sideswiping another vehicle on Highway 187.
The crash sparked a fire that killed Walker, but her two sisters were able to escape.
The driver fled the crash site, but was later arrested at his home in Humboldt.
Cody Buchanan is charged with reckless homicide., DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with injury.
On this Thanksgiving news of the fatal accident is hard for friends of Walker to come to grips with.
Pat Isbell knows Bobbie Walker from church, “She was a very, very nice person. And I’m so sorry that she passed away, in such a way.”
Pat Isbell still grieves from her son’s death and knows the Walker family faces some tough times, “They’ve got a hole in their heart and it will always be there.”
Thursday Jim Rowe was busy hosting his annual community Thanksgiving dinner.
He says a small community suffers more during tragedy like this, “Yesterday we had two or three different people come in that said they were related either to the woman who died or the two women that got saved in the fire.”
Cody Buchanan is being held in the Gibson County jail on a $100,000 bond.
Because of the holiday we were unable to find out when he will make an appearance in court, but we’ll keep you posted.