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Mobile officer seriously hurt 5 years after fiancee's death

MOBILE (AP) — A Mobile police officer was seriously injured when an underage drinker at the wheel of a pickup crashed into the back of his patrol car, authorities said. The wreck occurred five years after a drunken driver killed his fiancee and unborn child in a collision, according to news reports.

Police spokesman Nancy Johnson said Officer Charles Rogers, 30, had responded to the scene of an accident about 1 a.m. Saturday on westbound Interstate 10 near Rangeline Road, when a pickup struck his patrol car from behind.

Johnson said Rogers, who had to be extricated by firefighters from the crushed car, was taken to Springhill Medical Center, where he remained Wednesday.

A Breathalyzer test given to the driver, Bradley James Dronet, 20, of Ocean Springs, Miss., showed a blood alcohol level of 0.12 at the time of the crash, police said. Initially booked Saturday morning on a drunken-driving charge, Dronet was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault, Johnson said.

The Press-Register reported Wednesday that Rogers' fiancée, Tammy Lynn Moore, 22, was killed Dec. 3, 2001, when a large flatbed truck driven by John Kyles Jr. slammed into her car. Moore, who was almost five months pregnant, died instantly. Kyles of Daphne pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in 2003 and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, the newspaper said, citing its reports at the time.

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