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Grand jury indicts doctor in DWI, murder

Search warrants show the Raleigh doctor charged in a fatal wreck had a blood alcohol content of .19 and may have been using his cellphone.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Wake County grand jury indicted a local plastic surgeon for his role in a fatal wreck Sept. 11.

Raymond Dwight Cook, 42, of 10516 Beckridge Lane in Raleigh, faces charges of second-degree murder, careless and reckless driving and driving while impaired for the wreck that claimed the life of a Winston-Salem ballerina. Investigators said Cook crashed into the back of a vehicle driven by Elena Bright Shapiro, 20, at Lead Mine and Strickland roads in Raleigh.

Witnesses have said Cook was drinking at the Raleigh Country Club and at Piper's Tavern in north Raleigh before the wreck. A search warrant released Monday said blood drawn from Cook nearly two hours after the collision showed his blood alcohol content at .19.

Public records indicate Cook has a DWI conviction from 1989 in Camden County, Ga., where he pleaded no contest.

Police have also searched Cook's cellphone. According to the warrant, witnesses told police that Cook may have been on the phone just before the crash.

Cook is out of jail on bond. After his arrest, Cook surrendered his passport and medical license and resigned from his job.

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Amanda Lamb, Reporter

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