Roderick Louis Hight, 55 of Rome, was sentenced to fifteen years with  five years to serve in prison with an additional 10 to serve on probation after being found guilty of causing a motorcycle wreck that killed Corey Alexander Coots last year.

Reports said that Coots and his wife were riding their motorcycle in front of Church’s Chicken on Shorter Avenue when Hight pulled out in front of them.

According to reports Hight was under the influence of prescription medication at the time of the wreck.

Coots and his wife were both injured, but Corey passed away close to a month later.

Hight pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle.

He was also fined $1,000 and is required to pay for medical and other costs incurred that were not covered by insurance.

Hight will not be allowed to drive as part of his probation.


Roderick Louis Hight, 54 of Rome, was indicted last week on vehicular homicide charges. Reports said that Hight was driving under the influence when his vehicle collided with a motorcycle being driven by 29 year-old Cory Alexander Coots last March 16th.

Coots’ wife Jessica Marie Coots, 30, was also riding the motorcycle when Hight hit it near Church’s Chicken on Shorter Avenue.

Cory Coots died a month later.