Manslaughter charge possible over Rogers bicycling death |

Manslaughter charge possible over Rogers bicycling death

A Chicago Park woman could face one year in the Placer County Jail for the Jan. 31 death of bicyclist Jim Rogers, according to a California Highway Patrol Officer who investigated the accident.

A misdemeanor charge of manslaughter could be filed against Patricia Hernandez, 55, from the information recently sent to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, according to Gold Run CHP Officer Chris Wurster.

“We’re putting the driver at fault in the collision exclusively,” Wurster said Monday. “We’ve been in a discussion with the DA’s office for a possible misdemeanor manslaughter charge.”

The charge does not include gross negligence and calls for a maximum punishment of one year in county jail, Wurster said.

Ultimately, the Placer County District Attorney’s office will decide whether to prosecute or not, Wurster said. That office was closed Monday due to the Presidents’ Day holiday and attorneys were unavailable for comment.

Rogers, 53, and also of Chicago Park, was traveling up the steep, windy and narrow grade on Highway 174 between the Bear River and Colfax when Hernandez’ vehicle struck his bicycle from behind, according to CHP reports.

For the full story, see Tuesday’s edition of The Union.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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