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Doctor accused in fatal DWI wreck due in court Monday

Posted February 13, 2011 10:51 p.m. EST
Updated February 13, 2011 11:03 p.m. EST

— A doctor accused in the 2009 DWI wreck that killed a ballerina with the Carolina Ballet is scheduled to appear in court Monday, authorities said. 

A legal technicality delayed Raymond Dwight Cook's trial last year, and he was offered a plea deal in May.

Raleigh police said Cook, of 10516 Beckridge Lane, was traveling 90 mph when he crashed into the back of Elena Bright Shapiro's vehicle at Lead Mine and Strickland roads the evening of Sept. 11, 2009.

Shapiro, 20, of Winston-Salem, died as a result of the crash.

Cook had been drinking at a local country club and at a local tavern prior to the crash, witnesses said.

He is charged with second-degree murder and driving while impaired.