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Drunk Driver Kills Child

April 19, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif On Monday, April 16 at 7:30 in the evening, Blythe Police Officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of E. Donlon regarding an injury traffic accident involving a pedestrian. On arrival officers found a young girl lying on her back in front of a blue 2003 GMC truck.

The truck was facing west in the westbound lane and was unoccupied. It had minor front end damage. While conducting the investigation on site, police were contacted by 24 year old Kevin Joseph Meng who identified himself as the driver of the GMC. As they spoke officers noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.

The girl was later identified as 11 year old Rachelle Rogers from Blythe. Blythe Ambulance was immediately called, responded and transported Rogers to Palo Verde Hospital for treatment. On Tuesday, April 17 at 2:34 a.m. Blythe Police were notified that Rogers had passed away due to her injuries that she had sustained in this collision.

Meng was given a series of field sobriety test and was determined that he was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Meng was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol causing injuries. He was transported to the Blythe Police Department for further investigation. Meng admitted he was the driver of the GMC that struck Rogers. Meng was later booked into the Blythe jail for Vehicular Manslaughter, Driving under the influence of alcohol causing injuries, Child Endangerment and No proof of vehicle insurance at the time of the collision.

This is a great tragedy that has a great effect on all of us in this community. Our condolence to the Rogers family said Chief Steve Smith. A special thanks to the assistance of the Highway Patrol and Border Patrol Officers who assisted with this investigation. This case remains open pending contact with witnesses to the collision.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information about this or any criminal activity is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at (760) 922-6111. Information can be given anonymously by calling (760) 921-CARE.

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