Chase Morgan Rodgers, Twenty years old from Cary, North Carolina, was a front seat passenger in his own car, a 2004 blue Toyota Corolla on Thursday, May 29th 2014. Eighteen year old Anastasyia Bergeron was behind the wheel. Christian Michael Miller was in the back seat. Bergeron had never had a driver’s license. She was driving along I-40 Eastbound near the Wade Avenue exit in Raleigh, NC in rush hour traffic at 4:45 pm when she began to change lanes. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a car in her blind spot. The driver of that car blew the horn.
Bergeron lost control of the vehicle. The car spun out and slid off the road about 70 mph. The Corolla impacted a tree. Chase died at the scene. Bergeron and Miller were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Police found marijuana in Bergeron’s purse. She was charged with a provisional DWI pending the outcome of the investigation. She could not be assessed by the DRE at the scene because of the seriousness of her injuries.
Raleigh police ordered a toxicology report on Bergeron. Months later when the toxicology report came back, it showed a THC metabolite in her blood. Approximately 8 months after the crash that took Chase’s life and only weeks before what would be Bergeron’s first court appearance, Anastasyia took her own life by setting herself on fire. The resulting fire displaced 12 families from their apartment units. Christian Miller survived the crash with serious injuries to his legs.