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6/14/2012 11:01:00 AM
Man involved in 11-year-old girl's death accepts plea deal
Kevin Meng
Kevin Meng

Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor

BLYTHE - Kevin Joseph Meng, 24, pled guilty to one charge of a misdemeanor DUI and one misdemeanor charge of child endangerment in an Indio courtroom on Tuesday.

Meng had been sitting in a Riverside County Jail since April 16 after being the driver of a truck that struck and killed 11-year-old Rachelle "Marie" Rogers.

Meng was initially booked into Blythe Jail on vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence and held on a $155,000 bond.

For Meng's plea deal he was sentenced to 116 days in county jail for which he received time served for the 58 days he sat under penal code 4019 (for every day served he earns another day credit).

He will also be subjected to three years probation and have to participate in the continuous remote alcohol monitor program (SCRAM) for 90 days. In addition, he has to complete a drinking driver program and enroll in parenting classes.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2012
Article comment by: Grant Jones

Only those who were present in the courtroom know what the FACTS are. If YOU weren't, your comments are worthless.

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2012
Article comment by: Colt45 223

A slap in the face? a murderer ? That is just widely untrue. The man was not drunk. Sure, he had had a few beers , yet was not over the legal limit. This was a tragedy, you bet. Let the guy do his time and let him go on living. He has a burden to carry that is heavier than your modems . So, please show some respect. Not one of us was behind the wheel that day. A young life was lost. Shed a tear and keep on keeping on.

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2012
Article comment by: georgina boss

I know Kevin personally, he's a good young man that. Made a bad choice that day,and I know it will hurt him dearly everyday for the rest of his life for the pain and loss that little girls family is suffering now and in the future. People shouldn't be so quick to judge none of us are without mistakes no matter what magnitude. We love u Kevin keep ur head up

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: Bro Solo

I feel a longer incarceration would have been more just.Not life but enough to allow the offender time to truly realize the effects of their actions,whether they be neglegent or accidental.

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: Jennifer Nall

El Pica, do you have a life? Where is the 55 MPH speed limit sign on this road? Did they just put one up?????

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: Bonnie Brown

Thank you Mr. Mossberg I couldn't agree more. As for those of you who say his conscious will be enough punishment really ? where was his conscious when he got into a vehicle with his own stepdaughter in the truck and drove drunk. What about the punishment Marie's family is going through. Are we supposed to applaud him because he didn't leave the scene of the accident and he called 911 (which some witnesses say he didn't do)-that is what you are supposed to do -but I guess with his past record that was really an accomplishment for him. He took a life pure and simple. If he had not been legally drunk it may have just been an accident but when he got behind the wheel drunk it became a crime. What justice is there for Marie? Marie's family is devastated-where is their justice? There is a breakdown in the system somewhere-it is so sad and unbelievable. God bless Marie's family and friends- they will need everyone's help to get thru this...

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

As bad as this looks. Remember justice was served. Maybe not the justice everyone was looking for. Thing were put in motion and he went through the system and this is the outcome. Just stop crying out for blood. If someone does something stupid it would be premeditated and that's a lot of jail time. No words can hurt him more than his own words that are repeated in his mind everyday until the day he dies.

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: Mr. Mossberg

A drunk driver who kills must be sentenced as a murderer not as an intoxicated driver who caused a death this is a slap in the face. Four months incarcerated three years probation and ninety days remote alcohol monitoring. I now see why people go on, drinking and driving there’s no real consequence for their actions. Justice was not served for Marie Rogers the Judicial System has failed us all.

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: @ Craziness

Now I can't condone his drinking and driving. But there were a lot of things that he did do that were consciously the right thing to do.. he stayed at the site, he called the first responders, he complied with everything they wanted from him. He was scared for himself and for that little girl. Now, he has to live with the guilt of his actions. He has to live in a society that has labeled him and shunned him. He will be seeking forgiveness and redemption on all levels. The only true thing that we, as a society (some morally, than others) can ask for, is that he takes all this and tries to put some good to it. Become a protagonist and speaker against others who would choose to make the same mistakes. I wish him the best in his long arduous journey towards salvation and redemption. It will be a tough one.

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: Craziness !!!

What a slap it the face!!!

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