FOX8/WGHP telethon raises over $122,000 for hurricane victims – help still needed

Man convicted in DWI death of Winston-Salem woman gets work release

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Raymond Cook and Elena Shapiro

RALEIGH, N.C. — A former Raleigh doctor serving up to four years in prison for a DWI crash that killed a ballerina from Winston-Salem has been taking part in a work- and home-release program — news that the prosecutor in the case says he is disappointed to hear.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that a jury found Raymond Cook, 46, guilty on March 1, 2011, of involuntary manslaughter, felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired in the Sept. 11, 2009, death of Elena Shapiro, 20, who danced for the Carolina Ballet.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden said Tuesday that Cook leaves the Wake Correctional Center during the week to work at a local pharmaceutical company and that Cook also gets 48-hour weekend passes on a regular basis to visit with his family.

“I’ve been doing this 20 years, and it’s news to me,” he said.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal.