Charges filed in fatal wreck

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Tennessee state troopers charged a Mt. Juliet man with felony reckless endangerment for his apparent involvement in a fatal wreck Tuesday night. 

Dr. Eric L. Raefsky, 59, of Hermitage, died after the car he was driving was hit by a vehicle driven by Clayton Riley Rogers, 20, of Mt. Juliet, around 9 p.m., according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report. 

Raefsky was a board certified hematologist and oncologist with Tennessee Oncology at TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, according to the group’s website. 

“We are deeply saddened by the unexpected death of Dr. Raefsky,” Tennessee Oncology CEO Jeff Patton posted on the site Wednesday. “It is a tremendous loss for Tennessee Oncology and our patients. We have lost a fantastic colleague…we lost a true friend.”

Rogers’ 1998 Mercury Sable struck the driver door of Raefsky’s 2010 Ford Fusion at a right angle after Rogers failed to yield a traffic light, according to the report.

Rogers was traveling westbound on Stewarts Ferry Pike when he made contact with Raefsky, who was traveling southbound on Mt. Juliet Road. Both vehicles exited the intersection and came to a stop in the west shoulder ditch.

Troopers arrested Rogers at the scene and charged him with felony reckless endangerment. State Trooper Shane Roberts said in his report evidence Roberts may have consumed alcohol and drugs prior to the wreck was found, and tests were ordered. 

Troopers also cited Rogers for failing to yield to a traffic signal. Both men were wearing seat belts. 

Rogers was released Aug. 1 from Wilson County Jail after serving eight days for failure to appear in court on an October misdemeanor evading arrest charge in Mt. Juliet, according to jail records. 

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