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April 9, 2013

Driver charged in fatal crash at Nine Mile and Ryan

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — A driver who police alleged blew through a red light at Nine Mile and Ryan late last month and collided with another truck, killing a 54-year-old Warren man, is now facing the charge of reckless driving causing death.

According to Warren Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, Johnnie Derek Rogers, 35, of Detroit, was formally arraigned at the hospital on the charge, a 15-year felony.

Court records indicate Judge Matthew Sabaugh arraigned Rogers in the hospital March 28.

Police said Rogers had been under guard prior to his release from the hospital. He was transferred to the Macomb County Jail, where he remained held on a $1 million bond ahead of a preliminary examination scheduled for 8:45 a.m. April 9 before Judge Dean Ausilio in the 37th District Court. 

Police said the man killed in the crash was driving west on Ryan through a green light at the intersection when his 1989 Ford truck was apparently broadsided by a 2010 Dodge Ram driven by Rogers.

Rogers allegedly drove through the left turn lane to avoid traffic stopped at the light in both southbound lanes of Ryan. He allegedly entered the intersection at a high rate of speed and collided with the victim’s Ford truck, causing the truck  to roll over and strike a utility pole.

The victim was alone in the Ford truck when the collision occurred.

Two passengers in the Ram truck driven by Rogers were also taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released.

Mills said Rogers had no apparent reason to run the light.

Alcohol was believed to be a factor, according to a release issued by the Warren Police Department.

Rogers has requested court-appointed legal counsel, according to court records.