East Naples man accused of running red light, killing woman

— A red-light runner accused of slamming into a North Naples couple’s car in October has been arrested and faces a charge of DUI manslaughter in the case.

James Forster Rogan, 60, of the 5000 block of Kensington High Street, East Naples, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Naples Jail Center after he turned himself into deputies there.

Rogan arranged for the voluntary arrest after law enforcement shared the results of toxicology tests with his attorney, according to an arrest report.

Bob and Evelyn Moffet were driving north on Goodlette-Frank Road around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 when Rogan ran a red light on westbound Pine Ridge Road, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The Moffets were out for a night of dinner and the theater, a monthly ritual, Bob Moffet said. But after a meal with friends, his wife didn’t feel well. The couple called it an early night and headed to their home near Airport-Pulling and Orange Blossom roads.

Evelyn Moffet was sitting in the passenger’s seat when Rogan’s Chrysler car struck the right side of the Moffet’s Lexus sedan, according to the arrest report. Bob Moffet, 90, received minor injuries and was discharged from the hospital that night. His 88-year-old wife never regained consciousness.

Two days later, Evelyn Moffet was disconnected from life support, with her husband, daughter, and son-in-law at her hospital bedside.

“She and I had talked with the family about the fact that neither of us wanted to live that sort of life if that was all there was,” Bob Moffet said.

The Moffets were married for 68 years. After raising two daughters in Michigan, they moved to the Royal Harbor area in Naples in 1983.

“She wore the pants in the family,” said Dave Lee, the Moffet’s son-in-law. “(She was) a very strong woman, very outgoing. She was always the one to say, “let’s do this, let’s do that.”

Rogan faces one felony DUI manslaughter charge and three DUI-related misdemeanor charges. His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 27.

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