'Menace to the roadways' charged in deadly hit-skip

'Menace to the roadways' charged in deadly hit-skip
Steven James Rogers (Butler County Jail)
Allison Reyes Castillo (Facebook)
Allison Reyes Castillo (Facebook)

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A driver who was under multiple license suspensions has been charged in a deadly hit and run.

Steven James Rogers, 59, hit two women as they walked across Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Pershing Avenue Thursday night, according to Hamilton Police Sgt. Brian Robinson.

Rogers has been arrested 75 times since 2005, mostly for driving with a suspended license, court documents show.

"Absolutely no way he should be on this road at all. Not a bit. He shouldn't be out. He's been a menace to the roadways his entire adult life," Robinson said.

Police said Rogers fled after striking the women but was located on Pershing Avenue shortly after the incident. Investigators found methamphetamine and suboxone strips in his vehicle.

Allison Reyes Castillo, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second woman was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is in serious condition.

The women were also with a man pushing a baby stroller. He made it safely to the other side of the street before the hit-skip, Robinson said.

Police believe the three adults and the baby are in the same family.

Castillo has a 2-year-old son, according to a GoFundMe page.

Authorities initially reported the second woman also died from her injuries, but later clarified that she was still in the hospital. Police said the mistake was due to incorrect information from the coroner's office.

Rogers remains in the Butler County Jail.

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