NC Doctor Indicted For Crash That Killed Ballerina

A North Carolina grand jury has indicted a doctor on multiple charges in connection with a wreck that killed a 20-year-old ballerina.

Raymond Dwight Cook of Raleigh was indicted Monday by a Wake County grand jury on charges of second-degree murder, careless and reckless driving and driving while impaired. Officials say the 42-year-old plastic surgeon was driving 85 mph in a 45 mph zone when he struck the car of Elena Bright Shapiro, a Winston-Salem ballerina, earlier this month. Shapiro died of her injuries.

WRAL-TV reports that a search warrant shows Cook had a blood alcohol content of .19 two hours after the crash. Cook is out of jail on bond.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2009 at 04:09 AM
    2 families destroyed in a moment. A doctor with everything and a ballerina with the world at her finger tips and a really bright future. This story is the worst because it could have been prevented if the doc just took a taxi. PLEASE DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.
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