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VOL. 40 | NO. 9 | Friday, February 26, 2016

Drunken driver gets 12 years in Hermitage doctor's death

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MOUNT JULIET (AP) — The man who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in a crash that killed a Hermitage doctor has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.

Media outlets report that in August 2014, 22-year-old Clayton Rogers ran a red light and crashed head-on into another car. The crash killed the driver of the other vehicle, 59-year-old Dr. Eric Raefsky.

Raefsky was the medical director of Tennessee Oncology. Raefsky's wife, Victoria Heil, says the doctor was beloved in the community. He had helped put four people who aren't his family through college.

Rogers had a blood alcohol content of .184 at the time of the crash.

A judge gave Rogers a 12-year prison sentence on Monday for vehicular homicide. Rogers apologized to Raefsky's family in court.

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