According to the Houston Chronicle, Michael James Rogers is being held on a $30,000.00 bond at the Harris County Jail under a felony charge of intoxication manslaughter. He was drunk behind the wheel when he careened into a vehicle driven by a mother with her two children in the backseat.
The accident happened just after noon at the traffic light at Greenhouse Road. The young mother was in her Jeep at the stop light and was rear ended at a high rate of speed by the F150 driven by Rogers. The mother and one toddler escaped without injury. The other child, Arianah Atkins, 2, was taken to the hospital with severe blunt force trauma. She passed away a short time after she was transported there.
According to authorities, Rogers did sustain non life threatening injuries. He was treated at a nearby Houston hospital before being taken into custody by law enforcement.
The holidays are always a hard time on the roads of any town or city. If you are going to be out drinking, be sure that you designate a driver that will remain sober and drive everyone home safely. You also have the alternative of hiring a taxi cab or even staying at home to enjoy your holidays responsibly.
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