An emergency medicine specialist with FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital has died in a three car accident in the Woodlake district near Vass.
According to Sgt. J.E. Stahl of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Dr. Otto Rogers, 64, of 318 North Horse Carriage Lane, Cameron, was killed when a pickup truck struck his vehicle. The 1997 Ford F-150, driven by 17-year old Riley Spencer Allen of Vass, entered Rogers' lane after hitting another vehicle and collided with Rogers' 1956 Austin-Healy convertible.
The first vehicle that Allen struck was a 2013 Toyota Camry driven by 60-year old Sandra Thomas Chalmers of Vass.
"Ms. Chalmers had turned onto McLaughlin Road from Highway 690, and was then slowing down to make a turn onto Woodlake Blvd.," Stahl said. "The pickup was behind her but failed to reduce speed. Allen then hit the Chalmers vehicle from the rear, overcorrected, and went left of the center line where it struck Rogers' oncoming car."
Allen was charged with driving left of center, failure to reduce speed, unsafe tires, and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Stahl said he was released into the custody of his parents.
Rogers was alone in the car and was pronounced dead on the scene. Chalmers was transported to Moore Regional Hospital and released, as were two passengers in her car.
The accident took place at 5:35 p.m. on Friday.