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.

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I am so sorry to hear this news. Dr. Rogers was one of the best physicians and men I have ever met! My son worked for him at his home building a garden for him and his wife. He treated him wonderfully and Robert learned so much from being around him. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. The Angels are singing and Heaven welcomed Dr. Rogers home. He took such good care of all the patients he touched and God is always watching, so he hugged him when he got there.

Eric Fogleman

Otto was one of the most wonderful people I have ever met. There aren't even words that can be said, the depth of this loss is unimaginable. So heartbreaking :(


Words escape me. I had worked 10 years in the emergency department. I had the wonderful pleasure to work with Dr. Otto Rogers. It is a sad day, the world lost a wonderful Doctor and person. My heart and prayer goes out to his wife and family for comfort and healing. And to the ER family as well.

David craft

Deepest sympathies to family and friends.

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