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4/17/2012 9:57:00 AM
Police allege drunk driver killed 11-year-old Blythe girl
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Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor


BLYTHE - Rachelle Marie Rogers, 11, of Blythe, died early Tuesday morning after police said she was hit by a drunk driver last night.

Blythe Police Department responded to an accident at 2200 E. Donlon at 7:30 p.m. on April 16 and when officers arrived they found Rogers on her back with major injuries in front of an unoccupied 2003 GMC Sierra in the westbound lane on Donlon.

Officer Scott Adams contacted the driver of the GMC identified as Kevin Joseph Meng, 24. During the interview, Adams smelled alcohol on the breath of Meng causing Adams to conduct field sobriety tests, which he failed.

Meng was subsequently booked into Blythe Jail for driving under the influence, child endangerment, and no proof of insurance.

Rogers was transported to Palo Verde Hospital by Blythe Ambulance where she later succumbed to her injuries at 2:34 a.m.

Blythe Police Department is requesting to the District Attorney's office that Meng be charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012
Article comment by: Chriis Griijalvaa

Marie my friend she was a very nice beautiful young girl that man should be in prison (deleted) I nearly know Natalie ( mother of Marie ) but Marie like the sweetest young lady (deleted)

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Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012
Article comment by: jennifer nall

Kevin is going to walk with misdemeanor dui & misdemeanor child endangerment, that's it!

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Article comment by: Shaunee Nyree

Marie Rachelle Rogers was my best friend and i miss her soooo much i wish some way i could tell her goodbye and that I will never forget her she was the best she had a special bound with everybody she talked to!!Her smile lit up the entire room!!She always had a smile on her face!!Marie was in my class and the class is NOT the same as it used to be!!Marie was soooo beautiful!!! I can't believe she's gone!! I love you Marie and I miss you!!!!

Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Article comment by: A.A. Civilin

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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: Michael C. Teniente

@Dude Meng,

I feel your pain brother. A very sad situation. Drunk or not...no one intends to kill a child with a vehicle. It was an accident.

The guy stayed and called 911. That says a lot.

The girl's family is suffering, I'm sure...may God's peace be with them. But, it was still an accident.

mike t.


Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: Dude Meng

yes, Kevin is my Brother. Kevin is a good sole. Kevin would not drive out of his limits. Kevin makes choices, good or bad as do you and me. Kevin didn't do anything that anyone else wouldn't... Do not hate Kevin for this misfortune.

God bless Kevin and Marie's family


Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: Yo Dudes

At the commenter right below me, a mr stop n think. I'm on my phone. Haha. Just a light joke everyone relax.

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: Stop n Think

Enough NEGATIVE already! Let her family grieve! Why don't YOU take a few minutes of our time, get off the computer and GO TO FRY CHAPEL TO MAKE A DONATION. $ 5, 10, 20, 50, something anything to help.
R.I.P. Marie


Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: keeping it real

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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: David Laucks

A young life was taken, in a tragic way. Pray for this family in there time of sorrow!

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: jojo holman

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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: unknown unknown

the vehicle was unoccupied because kevin was out of the truck on the phone calling 911 trying to help her.....and i noticed that in this posting it says that they administered field sobriety tests but did not mention if he failed them or not but in the other posting it said he failed them so which is it??? and i thought this happened on donlon not hobsonway this just goes to show that people make mistakes and you shouldn't believe everything you read and judge people when you don't know all the facts....also I've heard from many different people (including law enforcement ) that it would have happened wether he had 1 beer 2 beers or NO BEERS because she ran out in to the street without looking im not saying that it is her fault at all but all in all it was a terrible accident that just so happened to involve a person that has a previous track record of moving violations but he has paid for those crimes/violations so why is he being punished for those again?? and stating all of that on this website is a pathetic attempt to make a person look worse then he already feels I feel embarrassed that i grew up in this town i just thank god that i got out in time.....

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Article comment by: CARLA MONTES

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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Article comment by: SANDRA MARTINEZ

WE MISS MARIE ALOT,MANN KEVIN UR MEST UP DUDE.MARIE REST IN PEACE WIT TUPAC.BTW KEVIN,MY SIS HATES U NOW,MARIE WAS REALLY CLOSE TO MY SIS,AND U SCREWED IT UP DUDE

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Article comment by: SANDRA MARTINEZ

FISRT OF ALL,THAT DUDE NEEDS TO (deleted) START PAYING ATTENTION TO THE ROAD.HE TOOK MY BEST FRIEND AWAY!!!!.HE SHOULDNT GO TO JAIL,HE SHOULD GO TO PRISON,HE (deleted) AN 11 YEAR OLD!!!ALOT OF PEOPLE LOOKED UP TO MARIE,SO DID I AND MY SIS.11 IS YOUNG BRO,EVERY BODY NEW MARIE,HER MOM WORKZ AT E Z MART WEST!! GOOD SODAS BTW,AND ALL THE KIDS (deleted).GOD I SHOULD KNOW I WAS CLOSES TO HER.SHE'S WITH TUPAC NOW.REST IN PEACE MARIE,MOMENT OF SILIENCE FOR RACHELLE MARIE ROGERS...

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