A man charged in an accident that took the life of a Nashville physician was in court Thursday, Aug. 21 for a preliminary hearing.
Clayton Rogers, 20, of Mt. Juliet, has been charged with Felony Reckless Endangerment. He was also cited for failure to yield to a traffic signal.
Rogers was charged in connection with a two-car collision that occurred about 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the intersection of Stewarts Ferry Pike and South Mt. Juliet Road. Trooper Shane Roberts of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in his report that Rogers, 20, of Mt. Juliet, was driving a 1998 Mercury Sable 4-door sedan westbound on Stewarts Ferry Pike when he reportedly failed to yield to a traffic signal and crashed into the driver’s side of a 2010 Ford Fusion 4-door sedan that was driven by Dr. Eric Raefsky of Hermitage.
Raefsky, a physician with Tennessee Oncology at TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, was killed.
The impact caused Rogers’ car to come to a final rest in the ditch on the west shoulder of South Mt. Juliet Road, facing west. Raefsky’s vehicle came to a final rest in the ditch on the west shoulder of South Mt. Juliet Road facing east, the state trooper said.
Blood alcohol and drug tests were requested as troopers discovered evidence at the scene of the accident indicating that they could have contributed to the accident. It was learned in court Thursday that Rogers’ blood alcohol content was .184 at the time of the accident. The legal limit for blood alcohol content in Tennessee is .08.
In addition to the preliminary hearing, Rogers was in court also for violating house arrest for underage drinking on Aug. 5, the night of the crash.
An assistant district attorney said pending the results of Raefsky’s autopsy, charges against Rogers would likely be changed to vehicular homicide. Rogers is to appear in court again on Oct. 14.
Raefsky was a beloved doctor who treated a number of cancer patients in the area. He worked with Tennessee Oncology. Memorial services for Dr. Raefsky were held Aug. 16 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.