Woman, 18, charged in Cary man’s death in I-40 crash

rgallagher@newsobserver.comJune 20, 2014 

— A woman who was driving a Cary man's car when it went off Interstate 40 and hit a tree May 29, killing him, was charged Friday with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Anastasiya Katherine Bergeron, 18, of 100 Tweety Lane in Bunnlevel, was arrested by Raleigh police who had been investigating the late-afternoon crash that killed Chase Morgan Rodgers, 20, on May 29.

In the charge, police cited a section of state law that involves “the violation of any State law or local ordinance applying to the operation or use of a vehicle or to the regulation of traffic, other than impaired driving....”

The day of the crash, police had said they suspected some sort of impairment was involved, and they ordered tests for Bergeron.

Rodgers’ car was traveling an estimated 73 mph on eastbound I-40 when it went out of control off the right side of the road, left almost 200 feet of tire impressions on the ground and crashed sideways into a tree at an estimated 61 mph.

The crash happened about 4:50 p.m. between Trinity and Trenton roads.

Rodgers, riding in the passenger seat, died.

Bergeron, who had turned 18 a few days earlier, was injured.

A third person who was riding in the back seat, Christian Miller of Cary, received minor injuries.

Bergeron was being processed through the magistrate’s office at the Wake County Detention Center, and her bond, if any, was unknown Friday morning.

Police arrested her at a home on Trailwood Hills in Raleigh.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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