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Manteca car dealer won't be charged in sale to dementia patient
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MANTECA, CA - "The holidays were really hard," said Janet Davis as she recalls her husband, Donald. "He tried to find the humor in life. Everyday he tried to say something to make me laugh."

Donald Davis died last October following what police called a questionable car deal with Cabral Chrysler Jeep Dodge. 

According to his wife, Donald had dementia and had been declared incompetent. She said, "I still have to work so that's why I had to put him in a care home."

Apparently, Davis had been living at the Manteca Care Center for a week when an employee from the car dealership picked him up and took him to the dealership. Janet said Donald was in a wheelchair wearing pajamas and slippers and even fell down while the worker was trying to transport him.

Still Davis managed to buy a new truck. "He had no license, no insurance, no identification. I don't understand how this happened," said Janet. "I don't understand how this deal was culminated."

Following a high speed chase, a California Highway Patrol officer pulled Donald over in Pleasanton. Realizing he was sick and disoriented, authorities had him transferred to a hospital. But he died of a heart attack before his wife could reach him.

Police accused the car dealership of elder abuse but apparently, the district attorney's office said there wasn't enough evidence to charge the dealership.

In a telephone interview, dealership owner Don Cabral said, "It was what we expected. (We expected them) to find that we didn't do anything wrong criminally."

Janet responded, "That's an insult to me when he says to the media that he has done nothing wrong -- that his employees acted properly."

She has scheduled a meeting with the district attorney's office and has vowed to fight on after retaining an attorney.

"I'm going to do my best to have this case reopened by the district attorney's office," said Janet. "I want some satisfaction. I want to know that this is not going to happen again."

By Karen Massie, kmassie@news10.net

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