Yeesh. This is a strong reminder that when one sells a car, make sure you’ve got all the paperwork proving it, scanned and handy. Friends of ours donated one some years back, the place they donated it to re-sold it, and nobody registered it. So they got a bill for tickets and towing because it got abandoned somewhere. Luckily they had the paperwork.
When we donated our car to the school district last fall we immediately scanned the paperwork - and our DMV has a site where you can report that you no longer own the car. As a funny side note, though, we did learn more about its fate: a friend’s adult son whom we hadn’t seen in 10-15 years runs a used car dealership - and he bought this 22 year old Honda Civic from the school district - and spotted our name on the title history, so he messaged us. Quite a hoot - and a much nicer “you heard back from the car you got rid of” take than many.