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Fayetteville woman pleads guilty in hit-and-run that killed soldier

Posted September 19, 2013

— A Fayetteville woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a hit-and-run crash on Fort Bragg last year that killed a soldier.

Sarah Ashley Rogers, 21, pleaded guilty in federal court to involuntary manslaughter and driving while impaired in the Dec. 8 death of Pfc. Richard B. Powell. She will be sentenced later.

Powell, 20, of Mobile, Ala., was walking along Bragg Boulevard on post when he was struck and killed near Guber Road. Family members said he was going to a grocery store when he was hit.

Prosecutors said Rogers, who was arrested at a nearby DWI checkpoint, had a blood-alcohol content above 0.08, the level at which drivers are considered impaired in North Carolina.

Powell was assigned to the 101st Chemical Company of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade.


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  • clickhere Sep 20, 2013

    .08 is not that high. But in any case, she killed the soldier, left the scene, and needs to pay the penalty, which should be several years in prison. It would be interesting to know Richard Powell's blood-alcohol content, might have been a contributing factor . . . but in any case, she left the scene without stopping to try to help.

  • rusty101 Sep 20, 2013

    I think that is "Gruber" road. Not Guber.

  • sunshine1040 Sep 19, 2013

    More then two lives ruined They both had family and friends that loved them and will miss them because she could afford a drink but not a cab

  • dirkdiggler Sep 19, 2013

    how anyone that kills someone while driving drunk is convicted of involuntary anything is beyond me. she voluntarily killed this young man when she selfishly decided to drink and drive.

  • ecp1951 Sep 19, 2013

    so sad. one life lost and another ruined by a poor decision.

  • AConservativePerson Sep 19, 2013

    You drink, you drive, you kill or injure, and you should not drive ever again. Do time in prison and be required to do a lifetime of community service.

  • lorawatson Sep 19, 2013

    Such a shame that at this young of an age two lives are ruined.