DWI doctor pleads not guilty

Raymond Cook

October 4, 2010 9:03:59 PM PDT
A former Raleigh plastic surgeon pleaded not guilty Monday to charges stemming from a 2009 DWI crash that killed a Carolina Ballet dancer.Raymond Cook, 43, faces second degree murder and felony death by motor vehicle charges in the death of the 20-year-old dancer.

On Sept. 11, 2009, Cook's Mercedes was going over 80 mph in a 45 mph zone when he slammed into the rear of a car driven by Elena Bright Shapiro of Winston-Salem.

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

According to investigators, Cook's blood test showed that his alcohol level was .19 two hours after the wreck. The legal limit is .08.

Investigators say Cook was at the Raleigh Country Club and Piper's Tavern for hours before the crash.

After the accident, Cook surrendered his medical license and gave up positions at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Wake Med. He also voluntarily entered an alcohol treatment center.

Cook will be tried next month.

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