• September 15, 2022

Calvin Rogers Killed in Pedestrian Accident on SH 6 in McLennan County, TX

McLennan County, TX — August 12, 2022, 73-year-old pedestrian Calvin Rogers was fatally hit by a vehicle on State Highway 6 in McLennan County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:35 p.m. on Highway 6 near Tom Ledbetter Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Toyota Highlander was traveling southeast on the roadway when Rogers allegedly failed to yield to it as he crossed through on foot.

The SUV struck Rogers in the road and caused him fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Investigators noted that a friend who was with Rogers before the accident told them he consumed alcohol. Toxicology tests were ordered.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Calvin Rogers Accident in McLennan County

It may not seem too important to know one way or the other if the pedestrian was under the influence after a tragic accident like this. He didn't drive and he's now beyond the law's reach, so why even test for that? Because if it's confirmed that he was intoxicated, that detail may make a great deal of difference to the investigation.

Calvin Rogers Killed in McLennan County, TX Pedestrian Accident on SH 6

Here's an example: Not long ago a family came to me about a loved one who was hit and killed by a car after he walked onto a freeway ramp. They didn't understand how or why he got there and asked us to look more closely. Our investigations revealed that he spent that day drinking at a bowling alley that kept serving him drinks long past his limits, which is illegal. Because he wound up in a fatal accident due in large part to that over-service, the bowling alley was liable for its role in his death under Texas dram shop law.

Not every alcohol-related accident starts with a dram shop violation, and it's possible nothing of the sort happened before the victim walked into the road in McLennan County. However, since it's also possible that a) a bar or other business played a role in the accident and b) that bar may have a duty to help the victim's family after their loss, then investigating it further seems like an important step.

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