An Alabama physician was driving 138 mph in a high-performance Audi when he crashed alongside a service highway, killing a medical pupil in his automotive, prosecutors mentioned.
Dr. Jonathan Nakhla, a 36-year-old neurosurgeon, has been charged with manslaughter in an Aug. 1 wreck in Cell that killed passenger Samantha Alison Thomas, a 24-year-old medical pupil, Al.com reviews.
Police investigators mentioned they discovered Nakhla’s Audi in a ditch after he swerved whereas driving “at an excessive excessive charge of pace” to keep away from one other automobile and ran off West I-65 Service Street, an affidavit states.
Thomas was killed in the wreck, whereas Nakhla was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening accidents, the web site reviews.
Particulars of how briskly prosecutors consider Nakhla, who was arrested Monday, was driving on the time in a 45-mph zone have been revealed throughout a bond listening to Wednesday.
Certainly one of Nakhla’s attorneys, Dennis Knizley, insisted that the pace information from the neurosurgeon’s automotive was unreliable because it had rolled over earlier than coming to relaxation in a ditch.
Police have additionally mentioned Nakhla was driving with a blood alcohol stage above the state’s authorized restrict of 0.08 p.c, however prosecutors are nonetheless awaiting last outcomes, WKRG reviews.
Knizley advised the station he believes Nakhla was driving an Audi R8 Spyder, which begins at $182,100 for 2020 fashions and may stand up to 60 mph in simply 3.5 seconds, in line with Audi’s web site.
A choose set bond Wednesday at $200,000 for Nakhla. He later posted that quantity and was launched from jail after agreeing to not depart Alabama with out permission and surrendering his passport, WKRG reviews.
Thomas, a pupil on the College of South Alabama’s School of Drugs, was a household pal of Nakhla, a married father of two, Knizley advised WALA.
Nakhla has since been positioned on depart from Cell Infirmary, Knizley mentioned.
“We’re actually saddened by this horrible accident and the tragic lack of this younger woman’s life,” hospital officers advised the station in an announcement. “We belief our authorities to completely examine this occasion and take all applicable actions they deem needed. Our sincerest condolences to the household for his or her loss.”
Knizley, in the meantime, mentioned he expects Nakhla to finally plead not responsible.
“It was definitely a really unlucky accident … [but] It was merely that, an accident,” Knizley advised Al.com. “He’ll be sustaining his innocence all through the continuing.”