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Police ID Raleigh doctor's drinking companion

Posted September 23, 2009

— Raleigh police have identified the woman who was with a Raleigh doctor before a fatal wreck Sept. 11.

According to police, Raymond Dwight Cook, 42, of 10516 Beckridge Lane, was traveling 90 mph in a 45-mph zone when he crashed into the back of a vehicle driven by Elena Bright Shapiro of Winston-Salem.

She died in the crash. He faces charges of second-degree murder, driving while impaired and reckless driving. He is out of jail on a $250,000 bond.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Wednesday that authorities know who was with Cook at Piper's Tavern on Falls of Neuse Road before the wreck. He did not make the woman's name public or say whether she was cooperating with the investigation.


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  • shortcake53 Sep 25, 2009

    Another story that says absolutely nothing.

  • Professor Sep 25, 2009

    This doctor will get life in prison without parole and the wife will divorce him and remarry later on. Oh, yes she will enjoy the money he leaves behind. It will be no use to him in prison. Oh, she can send him an allowance.

  • Professor Sep 25, 2009

    The doctor is the one that killed the young girl. The girl-friend did not and was not with him when the murder-accident happen. She should sue if the officials continue to bother her.

  • itsmyownopinion Sep 25, 2009

    The woman was not with him at the time of the accident, superman.

  • superman Sep 25, 2009

    I thought that at an accident the police would require the name and address of all passengers as well as the driver. So her name should appear in the accident report which would be public information.

  • LuvLivingInCary Sep 25, 2009

    so what now the whole world knows the guys a cheater also.

  • dfmlythr Sep 25, 2009

    (He was driving a Mercedes E55 AMG....sweet ride...480 horsepower.)

    65,000 brand new!!!

  • itsmyownopinion Sep 25, 2009

    News, or not, why rag on WRAL? Others have continued to report on this story, even when WRAL didn't. I think people who complain about WRAL do simply because it's easier to navigate WRAL's website. Ignore what doesn't interest you, or do you just love to complain?

  • Historian-the naked gardener Sep 25, 2009

    Well at least now we know he was a with woman. Wait a minute we already knew he was with a woman. What was this story about again?

  • Space Mountain Sep 25, 2009

    Why does her identity matter? Sounds like some sensationalism since he was talking to another woman at the bar. She didn't do anything wrong, though.