In Raleigh, NC, a doctor is facing a charge of murder in a DUI crash that killed a ballet dancer from Winston-Salem, NC on September 11. According to authorities, he had been drinking during the afternoon prior to the crash.


On September 16, sources told Raleigh’s WRAL News that 40-year-old Dr. Raymond Dwight Cook played golf and drank at the Raleigh Country Club before heading to Piper’s Tavern in north Raleigh before getting behind the wheel.


According to Raleigh police, Cook was traveling at a rate of 90 mph in a 45-mph zone when he struck a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Elena Bright Shapiro from behind.


Authorities would not officially comment about Cook’s actions or whereabouts on the afternoon of the crash and the country club’s chief operating officer, Christian Anastasiadis also would not comment.


The co-owner of Piper’s Tavern, Jimmy Powers, said that Cook was only served two drinks before the decision was made to cut him off and he left the bar at approximately 8:15 p.m. The crash occurred about 15 minutes later.


Cook is facing charges of second-degree murder, DUI, and reckless driving. He was released on $250,000 bond.

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