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Doctor accused of DWI, murder is in rehab

Posted October 27, 2009

— The Raleigh doctor accused in a fatal DWI wreck has entered rehab, his lawyer said Monday.

Raymond Dwight Cook, 42, of 10516 Beckridge Lane in Raleigh, saw his court date continued on charges of second-degree murder and DWI in the crash that killed a Winston-Salem ballerina Sept. 11.

Witnesses told police that Cook was drinking at the Raleigh Country Club and at Piper's Tavern in north Raleigh that day before he crashed into the back of a vehicle driven by Elena Bright Shapiro, 20, at Lead Mine and Strickland roads in Raleigh.

Cook is out of jail on bond and is in rehab at an out-of-state facility, his representative said.


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  • InterestedDoc Oct 28, 2009

    He MUST serve extended jail time. He MURDERED someone. No amount of rehab or surrendering of licenses can be enough – his actions were so extreme that he must pay a severe penalty – there can be NO sympathy for him beyond a human appreciation for his misery as he sits in prison and his family suffers – 10 years in prison and his family life shattered still won't equal the DEATH and shattered family life that he caused. The news media must NOT allow him to be represented as a sympathetic person – the focus must stay on his outrageous behavior and the MURDER he committed.

  • vaulter Oct 27, 2009

    Berenj- I have never seen such awful spelling and grammatical errors from someone questioning others education levels. WOW

  • Likestobearrogant Oct 27, 2009

    In these type of High Profile cases It is highly recommended that you do at least 90 days in an inpatient rehab care. He is Probably in one in PA, one of closest for such high profile cases.

  • twc Oct 27, 2009

    That's a good thing to rehab. We wouldn't want him drinking while he does his 100 hours of community service for the crime he committed.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Oct 27, 2009

    Out of state? Maybe the State of Confusion.

  • gaiter Oct 27, 2009

    I hope he spends the rest of his life locked up for what he did to Elena and her family. I hope he doesn't think that one trip to rehab will make things better.

  • countess Oct 27, 2009

    He can't be an MD without a license. I guess he can call himself Doctor if he wants but without a license, he would only get a job in a hospital as a nurses aide or orderly. He couldn't even work as an RN without a license in that profession. I worked in Hawaii in Rehab and had an orderly working for me who was a doctor in the Phillipines but could not get his license to practice in the states.

  • Buddrow Oct 27, 2009

    seankelly15 - Good point on the educational aspect.

    I am not knowledgeable with the physician licensure requirements. But with an NC accountant license (and I believe law license), any conviction that could result in more than 1 year of incarceration, the individual’s license to practice is permanently revoked. The individual can apply for the license in other states, but the other state boards do monitor the licensure activity of other states.

    Any ideas on the NC physician licensure requirements? If convicted of involuntarily manslaughter (or more severe charge), will he be able to reapply and be granted his medical license in NC?

  • seankelly15 Oct 27, 2009

    Buddrow - "The former doctor ..." He didn't give up his degree. The MD is an academic degree not a vocation. If what you mean is that he gave up his license to practice then the statement would be "The former practicing physician (or surgeon)..." Plus, he can reapply for a NC license or go to another state to gain licensure. He surrendered his license it was not taken from him.

  • whocares Oct 27, 2009

    I wonder if he went to rehab in Georgia where he got his other DUI. If so it didn't take.