MPD: Overdosing mom drives with son in car; hits, kills pedestrian

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 47-year-old woman was arrested for hitting and killing a pedestrian Thursday.

Memphis Police Department said Cynthia Bargery hit Rozelle Clayton around 11 p.m. on Holmes Road near Tulane Road. Clayton later died from his injuries.

"I want to know why did you leave him like he was a nobody? He was a somebody," Clayton's cousin Velma Patterson said. "You took my cousin Rozelle Clayton from us."

After hitting Clayton, Bargery then kept driving, crossing into oncoming traffic and eventually crashing into a wooded area.

According to MPD, a witness driving on Holmes saw the whole thing happen and followed Bargery down the road. They saw her hit a mailbox before crashing into a wooded area.

"The family wants the witness to come over so we can thank him or her. Whoever that person was who followed her. That's how she got caught," Rozelle's sister Betty Gwynn said.

Officers arrived to find Bargery in the driver's seat and her 7-year-old son in the passenger seat.

First responders gave Bargery a dose of Narcan--a drug used to treat opioid overdoses.

Bargery told paramedics she had taken Xanax before driving. The paramedics found a bottle of Xanax in Bargery's possession. It had been filled with 90 pills the day before; it only had 67 pills remaining in the bottle.

Bargery, whose license is suspended, faces criminal charges of DUI, hit-and-run, reckless driving, and child endangerment.  She's been arrested multiple times for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, theft, and prostitution--and once for another hit and run

She's in jail on a $100,000 bond.

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