On October 31, a 5-year-old boy suffered fatal personal injuries when the car he was riding in struck a trailer being pulled by a tractor on McNeil Road in Lillington, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.


Trooper S.C. Spivey said Broadway resident Blake Rogers was taken to Central Carolina Hospital after the accident and was later pronounced dead there.


The accident was reported at about 6:15 p.m., approximately five miles south of Broadway.


The report said the boy was a passenger in a 1994 Saturn his mother, 30-year-old Emilie Rogers, was driving.


Emilie Rogers was northbound when the tractor, operated by 54-year-old Lillington resident Randy Thomas, turned left into his driveway and into the path of Rogers’ car, resulting in a collision.


First Sgt. T.I. Baldwin said Blake Rogers was in a car seat that was secured in the back seat behind the driver. He wasn’t thrown from the vehicle.


Emilie Rogers was released from Central Carolina Hospital after treatment.


Baldwin said that Emilie Rogers was cited for driving on a revoked license and Thomas was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield the right of way.

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