Drunk Driving Doctor Kills Winston-Salem Ballerina, Faces ChargesPosted on Sep 27, 2009
Dr. Raymond Dwight Cook is a 42-year-old cosmetic surgeon and assistant professor at the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. While driving drunk, the doctor was speeding at 90 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. At that time, he struck a car driven by 20-year-old Carolina ballet dancer Elena Bright Shapiro of Winston-Salem. Shapiro was rushed by the EMS to WakeMed, where she died of her car accident injuries.
Cook has been charged with death by motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, failure to reduce speed and driving careless and recklessly. His bond was set at $250,000. In response to the DWI and fatal NC car accident, Cook has surrendered his medical license, resigned from his jobs at WakeMed Facial Plastic Surgery and UNC, and entered into a substance abuse treatment program.
Twenty years ago, Cook was charged with a DUI and with reckless driving after he was pulled over drunk driving 110 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone.