Kentucky woman returned to Nashville to face vehicular homicide charge

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 10:26pm

A Kentucky woman has been returned to Nashville to face a grand jury indictment charging her with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide stemming from a Jan. 28 crash that claimed the lives of an elderly couple, Metro Police said in a release.

Donna Potter, 52, of Graham, Ky., is accused of causing the deaths of Jimmy and Patricia Rediker, both 71, of Joelton.

Potter was driving a Pontiac Grand Am northbound on Clarksville Pike near St. Lawrence Drive when she allegedly crossed into the southbound lane and collided head-on with a Ford Ranger pickup truck being driven by Jimmy Rediker, police said. He died at the scene. His wife was transported to a local hospital where she died a few hours later.

Potter, the only occupant in the car, was hospitalized for a time from injuries she sustained in the crash.

Police say an analysis of a blood sample taken from Potter showed the presence of drugs in her system, a factor thought to have contributed to the crash.

Potter is being held in the Metro Jail on $300,000 bond.