Man who hit, killed Hermitage doctor was on house arrest

Man who hit, killed Hermitage doctor was on house arrest (Image 1)

The 20-year-old man involved in an accident Tuesday night that killed Dr. Eric Raefsky, a well-respected oncologist in Hermitage, was on house arrest at the time of the crash.

Clayton Rogers was wearing a court-ordered ankle monitoring device but it was not charged and thus not working.

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News 2 spoke with Johnny Knowles of A-1 Monitors, the company that issued the ankle tracking device Rogers was wearing.

“The violation would be for not keeping his monitor charged where we could fully monitor where he had been,” Knowles said. “It has to be working and functioning to do that.”

Knowles said it appears as if Rogers’ device stopped working around 6:17 p.m., about three hours before the fatal crash occurred.

Court orders required Rogers to keep his monitoring device charged and working 24 hours a day.

According to Knowles, Rogers was scheduled to have the device removed on Wednesday, one day after the accident.

Rogers faces criminal charges in the death of Raefsky.

Authorities found evidence that he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time of the wreck.

He could also face a stiffer punishment for violation of his house arrest.

A judge will review the house arrest violation against Rogers in the coming weeks.

According to his criminal history, Rogers was charged last year with possession or casual exchange of a controlled substance.

Rogers also violated his probation which he was on for underage alcohol consumption.

Dr. Raefsky was an oncologist at TriStar Summit Medical Center who dedicated his life to helping others. He also helped save the lives of dozens of rescue dogs over the years.

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