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Harnett County boy dies on way to trick-or-treating

Posted November 1, 2010

— A night of trick-or-treating turned tragic Sunday when a 5-year-old boy was killed in a wreck, authorities said Monday.

Blake Rogers, of 430 Heron Rogers Lane in Broadway, was riding in the back seat of the family car as his mother drove him to a neighborhood near his grandparents' house for Halloween.

"He was all ready to go trick-or-treating. He had a Spider-Man outfit," his father Richard Rogers, said Monday.

As his mother headed west on McNeil Road at about 6:15 p.m., farmer Randy Thomas turned left off of the road into his driveway, pulling a flatbed trailer behind him, authorities said.

The Saturn driven by Emilie Rogers slammed into the trailer. She said she couldn't see the trailer because the sun was in her eyes, authorities said.

Blake was still strapped in his car seat after the collision, but he wasn't moving.

Boy killed when family car crashed into flatbed trailer Boy killed when family car crashed into flatbed trailer

"There was no scratches. It just looked like he was asleep," said Belinda Thomas, Randy Thomas' wife.

A driver who stopped felt a faint heartbeat and tried to resuscitate the boy, but he was pronounced dead at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.

The boy's body was sent to a medical examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Investigators with the state Highway Patrol are trying to figure out if anything was wrong with the car seat to have caused his fatal injuries.

Randy Thomas, 54, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to yield the right of way.

"He's all to pieces. He was real upset (Monday) morning," his wife said.

Emilie Rogers, 30, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the hospital and released. She was cited for driving with a revoked license, authorities said.

"He never failed to tell me that he loved me every day," Richard Rogers said of his son, noting that the two often watched cartoons and football together. “That’s what keeps me going right now. I know he loved me, and I loved him."


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  • pgracemiller Nov 3, 2010

    You people are truley sick. I know one of the child's relatives personally and know they are dealing with a great amount of hurt and sadness right now. Do you all have nothing better to do than place blame on someone? Imagine if the mother were to read your comments? Do you really think she needs any extra stress or worry in her life right now? You all should be ashamed of yoursleves. I pray to God something like this never happens to you or someone in your family. Who would you blame then?

  • princessK Nov 2, 2010

    I agree with you totally adidaslineberry!!!

  • adidaslineberry Nov 2, 2010

    God help any of you judgmental folks out there who ever make a mistake and end up hurting someone you love... they say what you do comes back 10 fold....

  • james27613 Nov 2, 2010

    Mother should never been operating the car, period.

    What a terrible lesson to have learned.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 2, 2010

    No problem, brightside. You pray and I'll think and do. :-)

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 2, 2010

    "Because he turned left in front of oncoming traffic" -- IDoNotLikewildcat

    Yes, but even with that, there's the "failure to reduce speed to avoid and accident" thingy.

    As I understand it, in NC it's possible that she may be partially to blame if she didn't take reasonable precautions, some of which GOLOer Desiderata mentioned here.

    I missed that part about her license being revoked, so that undermines her credibility (what else was she doing wrong/illegal?) and could put her on the hook for more blame as well.

  • IDoNotLikewildcat Nov 2, 2010

    "Yeah I am not understanding why the farmer was charged either, it plainly states she hit the rear of the trailer?"

    Because he turned left in front of oncoming traffic

  • princessK Nov 2, 2010

    This comment below was made. I can't believe there are people this ignorant in the world!!! You better be careful what you say , it may just come back on you!!!

    Just think, If the mother had honored her revoked licence , her son would be alive today...she is to blame for his death!

  • FromClayton Nov 2, 2010

    oh it was a spiderman cotume, but still, he has super powers too... what will halloween be like for everyone involved from now on? So sad.

  • FromClayton Nov 2, 2010

    i have been thinking about this all day. i am just heartbroken for little superman and his family. I am also hurting for the farmer who made a mistake and the person and EMS who tried to revive superman. I'm sure that scene will neaver leave their head. So very sad. If only that suit could have saved you little one. Tears.