Hit-and-run victim faces adversity

By From page A1 | December 10, 2012

Jimi Lee Rogers, the man who was hit by a car on Sept. 10 and left for dead, has faced adversity since his accident.

Rogers was riding his bicycle to work when he was hit on Newtown Road north of Starke’s Grade where “he hung on (a) fence, we don’t know how many hours,” said Nora Marginean, the great-grandmother of Roger’s newborn son on the mother’s side. “It is hard for me to conceive that someone would leave the scene without calling for help,” she wrote in a letter to the Mountain Democrat. He was transported to Sutter Roseville after he was found around 6:15 p.m. by Donna and Bill Bergmeister — to whom Marginean wanted to extend heartfelt thanks — but Marginean noted that Rogers would be “disabled for the rest of his life” due to the injuries he sustained.

Rogers recently returned to Sutter Roseville to have five feet of infected lower intestines removed, Marginean said, adding, “I have heard the screams.” She said that “His situation is grave.”

Rogers has been unable to marry his girlfriend due to the accident, Marginean said, and the couple welcomed their first child on Nov. 25.

“They have applied for all the normal avenues for financial aid, for disability,” Marginean wrote. “I’m beside myself watching them,” she said, noting that she was not in a position to be able to help the family, which currently has no income. “They are now being threatened with eviction where they rent a bedroom due to lack of income.” They have applied for low-income housing, Marginean said, but the wait list could be between two and three years.

The Jimi Lee Rogers Fund has been set up at the El Dorado Savings Bank in Placerville, Marginean said, to try to help the struggling couple get back on their feet. “I am reaching out to the public,” Marginean said, “in hopes that if you have been blessed with prosperity that you might find it in your heart to help in some way this devastated couple that has worked so had to start their new life together.”

Cole Mayer

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