The driver of a semi-truck that crashed into the back of an SUV, killing a woman, on I-71 in Madison County Tuesday is back in his Arkansas home.
Andrian Rogers, 40, of Little Rock, was released Wednesday, June 4, on a signature bond, following an arraignment in Madison County Municipal Court. He was charged with vehicular homicide — a first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio.
Prosecutor Steve Pronai said Rogers’ 6-year-old daughter was riding in the semi’s cab at the time of the crash. Workers from the county’s children’s services agency assumed overnight custody of the girl on Tuesday. On Wednesday, that agency provided bus tickets to Arkansas for the pair.
Meanwhile, investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol continue to probe Rogers’ actions immediately prior to the 4:30 p.m. crash, Pronai said.
Rogers was driving northbound in a semi-truck when he failed to stop for traffic backed up from an earlier crash, according to OSP. His vehicle struck the rear of a Honda CR-V and a second semi-truck before veering off the roadway and turning over.
The driver of the SUV, Carolyn Merry, 63, of Hilliard, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rogers and the driver of the second semi-truck were not injured.
All three drivers were wearing seat belts, OSP investigators said.
The accident closed down the northbound lanes of the interstate near the Madison-Pickaway county line. One lane of traffic reopened at approximately 5:30 p.m. Another lane remained closed throughout the evening hours as wreckers cleared the scene. Both lanes were reopened overnight.
The location of the accident is about three miles north of the state Route 56 exit.
The West Jefferson Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, Tri-County Fire Department, Sterling Joint EMS, Ohio Department of Transportation and the Madison County Coroner responded to the scene.