Police: Drunk Driver Charged In Death Of Winston-Salem Ballerina

12:40 AM, Sep 13, 2009   |    comments
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Raleigh, NC --  A Winston-Salem woman who danced with the Carolina Ballet was killed Friday night by an alleged drunken driver in a wreck at Lead Mine and Strickland roads in Raleigh.

Investigators say the driver hit the victim's vehicle killing 20-year-old, Elena Bright Shapiro of Winston-Salem. Police officers said the driver, 40-year-old, Dr. Raymond Dwight Cook, was traveling 90 mph in a 45 mph zone when the crash happened. Cook works as a plastic surgeon with WakeMed.

Paramedics took Shapiro to WakeMed where she later died. Cook was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Cook faces charges including death by motor vehicle, DWI, failure to reduce speed and careless and reckless driving. He was released from jail after posting a $50,000 secured bond.

Shapiro was a trainee with the Carolina Ballet and had been dancing since she was 10. The Carolina Ballet Organization released this statement, "The entire Carolina Ballet organization (is) devastated by the loss of Elena. She was a beautiful young girl and will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to her family."


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