Blythe: Drunk Driver Struck, Killed 11-Year-Old Rachelle Rogers


At about 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16th, a suspected drunk driver struck and killed 11-year-old Rachelle Rogers in Blythe. When police found Rogers, she was lying in front of an unoccupied blue 2003 GMC truck. The driver identified himself to officers while they were checking on the girl. After being subjected to multiple sobriety tests, 24-year-old Kevin Joseph Meng was arrested on suspicion of DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter, and driving without proof of insurance.

“When a driver acts negligently and, consequently, causes harm to another person, he or she may be held liable for the victim’s injury-related expenses,” explained a California personal injury lawyer. “If the victim’s injuries prove fatal, then the driver may face a wrongful death claim from the decedent’s family.”

Blythe accounted for 1 of the 40 fatalities and 2 of the 395 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents in Riverside in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. In its report, “Dangerous by Design 2011,” Transportation for America ranked the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area the 5th most dangerous in the nation for pedestrian safety.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Rachelle Rogers, the 11-year-old girl who was struck and killed by the drunk driver last Monday.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Blythe accident.

Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of filing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.

To request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 1-888-834 5055.

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