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4/18/2012 2:27:00 PM
Driver charged with killing 11-year-old girl has history of traffic violations
Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor

BLYTHE - The Blythe man accused of driving drunk and killing an 11-year-old girl on Monday has an extensive history of moving traffic violations dating back to 2007.

Kevin Joseph Meng, 23, is sitting in Blythe Jail on a $1 million bail after he was formally charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence in a Blythe courtroom on Tuesday.

Court records show that Meng was convicted of a speeding violation that occurred on July 24, 2007 and he was convicted again two years later for speed exceeding 55 mph that happened on April 11, 2009. For both of those offenses he received fines that were paid.

Meng was convicted of reckless driving on Oct. 6, 2007 and had to pay a fine of $838 and an additional $100 in assessment fees, plus he spent 11 days in jail and was ordered to attend a first offender DUI program, and submit to random urine testing.

Just two months later on Dec. 16, Meng was stopped again and was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended/revoked driver's license and for being under the influence of drugs. He was convicted of that charge on July 2, 2008 and received a 36-month probation, a $1,099 fine, plus an additional $400 in assessment, restitution, probation and other fees. He has also faced three different failure to appear penalties for a minor traffic violation in 2006, for the Dec. 17, 2007 charge, and for a 2010 minor traffic ticket.

Meng was driving a 2003 GMS Sierra westbound at 2200 E. Donlon when Rachelle Marie Rogers, 11, was struck by the vehicle on April 16. Rogers was transported by Blythe Ambulance to Palo Verde Hospital where she died at 2:34 a.m. on April 17.

Meng did not leave the scene but when officers interviewed him they detected alcohol on his breath. He was administered a series of sobriety tests and later taken to Blythe Jail and booked on driving under the influence, child endangerment, and no proof of insurance.

After the death of Rogers, the District Attorney amended the charges to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence.

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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Article comment by: nicole konnestad

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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Article comment by: Enough Already

We all feel the same frustration, and sadness from this senseless tragedy. Isnít it time to stop feeding this blog, and concentrate on coming together for this precious little girl, and her family. There is a fundraiser tomorrow at the Blythe Church of the Nazarene. Letís put all our efforts in supporting this family, and give whatever we can.

This man who is responsible horrific accident has a higher power than us to answer to. I pray this will be an eye opener for all those who drink and drive. Iím sure that includes some of you who are posting here for and against this man. Please let us learn from the loss of this beautiful little girl with a smile that will light up the heavens.

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Article comment by: @what would you be saying if there was no alcohol

if there was no alcohol in his system then he would be home right now and his family and friends wouldn't be AWWWW POOR KEVIN.....instead Kevin would be out with his parents, simblings, daughter and wife getting some counseling to get through the tragedy and he would have some support there to lean on...(deleted) now he is locked what is being said wouldn't be said (deleted).....instead yes people would be wondering asking if he was aware of his surroundings but people wouldn't be as angry as they are now....because a driver (deleted) hit a young child its what it is now......all his choices!!!.......just thought I would answer the question

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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Article comment by: What would u be saying if there was no alcohol

What would everybody be talking about if the guy had NO ALCOHOL in his system???? It could have been ANYONE OF U!!!

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Article comment by: Paulette Wilson

IKevin's "friends" post their opinion and its their Constitutional right, but their posts, in my opinion, only flame anger, outrage, and negativity from a tragic accident. I understand Kevin's buddies want to "help" him, but this is such a painful time for both families, and it's consistently clear that their expressions do NOT come across to this reader in a positive light. I simply suggest they show some respect to Marie's family and friends, with respectful posts or none at all.

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Article comment by: @ how Sad

@ How sad. Your comment is so true and right on. I wish everyone would just stop and think for a min on what they are saying. Goes back to the old saying " if you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all." Praying for the family of Marie and Kevin.

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012
Article comment by: How Sad

What a sad story. The string of comments attached is even more sad. Too many people pointing fingers. What's done is done and now there is a family missing a child and an adult that has to take responsibility for his past, present, and future actions. Unfortunately for him, yes his past is going to be brought up. That is the point of having a record. If he had a .01 then it doesn't sound like he learned from his priors and based on the failure to appears (I assume based on this story that the record is fact) it doesn't sound like he learned his lesson. I think he has probably learned it now. Too little, too late. Perhaps the alcohol wasn't the cause of the accident, but if it was in his system, and he been warned before, it sounds like he would have been better off if he had not been drinking before he drove which is what the court system tried to instill in him without him having to go through this traumatic ordeal. Anyone who thinks that his past isn't relavant here is just down right ignorant. Would you let a convicted sex offender watch your child? Or would you take the stance that his past should stay in the past? In response to the statement about how he may not have gotten a DUI at a .01 or .02, but for his priors anyone can get a DUI with a .01 if the officer feels that person's driving is being affected. Sam, it is good to see you stand by your brother, and I know it's hard not to get emotional, but most of the people you are arguing with know less about this than you so don't waste your time. Support your brother, and support the family of the little girl. A lot of people have the right to be angry or sad about this. Very few of the simpletons poking the bear on this message board are one of them. How does anyone who has nothing to do with this situation think they are helping by posting some poorly worded and mis-spelled rant on here? (I realize I am currently falling into that category, so I'll save someone the effort of pointing that out in the response that will no doubt come about from this.) Half of the people making fun of others for their poor grammar have editorial mistakes themselves. I think I'll just pray for all affected. God has called that little girl home and she is in a better place now.

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

First off, I'd like to say that this article is mid-leading. The writer needs to get their facts straight!! I think some research should be involved. I'm embarrassed for this writer. RIP Marie!!

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012
Article comment by: Kathy Hansen

Well let's get real here! This man had choices & he chose to drive under the influence of alcohol! Bad choice! This is not the first time that this man has been in trouble...he has many priors! He needs to wake up and grow up!

Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Article comment by: Lets Be Realistic

I know everyone gets upset and speaks before they see the bigger picture. I'm not defending the guy who was driving and it is too bad this tragedy happened regardless of "how" it happened. I can tell you this from experience and I doubt I am the only one. People will say things to make sense of it all like slowing down by the apt complex, mentioning when parents were younger they played in the street so why can't kids do so now, etc. Reading all these posts it's more anger than reality. Nobody deserves to leave this world. But we have ALL whether driving a vehicle or just being at the river sober or under the influence have had some close calls in our lives in some way or another. We can only assume that the driver had enough time to avoid the child and driving below or at the posted speed limit is not illegal. As far as people saying slow down to watch for kids maybe, but not on the road where the accident happened. Lets remember that a woman just ran her car into the Blythe Fitness Center "sober" and almost hurt many people. It's always easy to use drunk drivers being at fault but we may never know if it was complete reason. It seems that there were a number of unfortunate events that may have contributed from what I am hearing. If everyone had great reaction times even sober there would be no accidents at all including sober people. I have two kids. One in Middle school and one a 5th grader and I still make sure my younger one stays out of the street at all times PERIOD. That's just me. I just hope everyone learns from this. If the guy was 100% sober with no alcohol what would be the headline? And I know the parent of the child would be getting the heat for the accident do to lack of supervision. Parents and drivers you can NEVER be too careful. The choice is yours. We are all not perfect but we can reduce the risk. God bless everyone

Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Article comment by: J. J.

R.I.P. Marie....... My daughter and Marie became friends at Appleby.... She thinks about Marie everyday.... She took a picture with Marie and other girls at the dance, and she told me Momma I'm so glad I took this picture with Marie.... She said Marie loved to dance.... She always had a smile on her face when I seen her. I look at all the children they loved Marie and It sadden's me to see them so hurt and devistated because they no longer get to see their beautiful, smart, funny, friend anymore. Let's all say a prayer for Marie, her family, friends and everyone affected. R.I.P. Marie You Will Always Be In Our Heart's. My daughter told me that she downloaded Marie into her heart.

Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Article comment by: Cameron Meng

imagining what my brother and the family of Marie is going throught is terrible. Sam, i know how your feeling. the fact that people love to bring up the past is irrelevant in a situation like this but "People These Days" has a point. anyone who is reading these articles as facts needs not to post about what the article says. Justice knows what is fact. all we can do is support the family of Marie and hope the best for our Brother.

God bless Kevin and Marie's Family

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012
Article comment by: Roger Anderson

Hey did anyone look at the time it was said the incident was called in at 730 that's pretty late. I know if it was me I wouldn't of seen the little girl crossing. Also I heard the cops said there was no way of avoiding the little girl sober or drunk. She ran right it front from the bushes. Could of happen to anyone. How come they haven't reported the alcohol level? Just wanna say rest in peace little angel.

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012
Article comment by: A.A. Civilin

OKay I know everyone has an opinion but why judge someone for the actions ? put yourself in kevins shoes or put your shoes in maries shoes.and think for a second how would you feel? be in there spot! stop judging and being so negative the more negative or judgement thrown out there will not bring her back.will not put kevin on the street. so be thankful you werent there too see or be thankful your still breathing and have a life and make a good life do something with yourself instead of writing all theses comments go out and do something make a difference and stop being so judgmental step away from the situation for a day think and imagine what there going through! my prayers go out to both family. god bless!

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012
Article comment by: THE F@LL3N.... .....

i dont believe in religion .... but for all those who want kevin crucified for his burden and his past faults...... may your GOD forgive your ignorance that comes with your sorrow .... rest in sleep little beauty...i truly hope there's more to life then what the flesh bind us too... may you rest easy ..mother who has lost....

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