Accused hit-and-run doctor due in court
January 12th, 2012|
January 11, 2012
A New York doctor charged in a hit-and-run is due in court this week on the issue of a court-ordered blood draw, which is up for discussion, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The doctor’s attorneys have questioned whether suburban Buffalo police had enough reason to request the court-ordered blood draw, which showed that the doctor was driving drunk.
The Getzville doctor was indicted by a grand jury in September. He is accused of striking and killing an 18-year-old female as she skated home from her pizzeria job one night last July.
There have been questions about what the doctor did after the alleged crash, and prosecutors claim that he was drinking heavily at a party beforehand.
His attorneys say that Amherst police may not have had enough evidence to order the blood draw after the alleged accident. Prosecutors say the draw was legal and showed that the doctor was drunk at the time of the accident.
The doctor has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter, second degree manslaughter, leaving a deadly accident scene, and tampering with physical evidence.
An Erie County Court judge will decide the issue on Friday.