Driver strikes, kills pedestrian in Rogers

A 49-year-old male man from California was killed instantly after a car driver possibly fell asleep and struck the man Saturday, May 25, in Rogers.

Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen said a 20-year-old male from Dayton was driving eastbound on Rogers Drive and “apparently fell asleep,” Beahen said. “He crossed the center line, and the victim was either walking or skating on the shoulder and was struck head on by the vehicle and killed head on instantly.”

Beahen said the victim’s name had not been released as of Tuesday morning, since the medical examiner had not been able to contact any family members.

The chief said the driver was originally booked but that any charges are on hold pending toxicology results. He said there was no alcohol present but that “there was suspicion there was a controlled substance used by the driver.” He said, depending on toxicology results, there could be charges. Toxicology results typically take six to eight weeks.

“It was an unfortunate accident” Beahen said.