Grand jury indicts doctor in DWI fatal

September 28, 2009 8:27:48 PM PDT
The blood alcohol level of the Raleigh doctor charged with murder in the DWI death of a young ballerina was more than twice the legal limit, according to a search warrant filed at the Wake County Courthouse Monday. According to investigators, Dr. Raymond Cook's blood test showed that his alcohol level was .19 two hours after the wreck. The legal limit is .08.

Cook was indicted for DWI and second degree murder by a Wake County Grand Jury Monday.

Click here to read more details in the court documents.

Cook's Mercedes slammed into the rear of a car driven by Elena Shapiro on September 11. Shapiro was a member of the Carolina Ballet.

The wreck happened on Strickland Road near the intersection with Lead Mine Road in Raleigh.

Witnesses said Shapiro had just turned right onto Strickland when Cook's car, estimated to be travelling at 85 in a 45 mph zone, topped the hill and ran the red light at Lead Mine Road. Although paramedics and the doctor performed CPR on Shapiro, she died.

Investigators have said they believed the WakeMed doctor was at the Raleigh Country Club prior to arriving at Pipers Tavern in north Raleigh not far from the wreck.

Staffers at Pipers said the doctor was drunk before he arrived at the tavern. They said they cut him off from drinking and urged him to get a ride when they realized he was intoxicated.

For background information on this case, click here.

Cook is currently out of jail on $250,000 bond. He lives just a short distance from the wreck scene and was apparently on his way home at the time of the crash.

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