According to court documents, the charges against a Long Island cardiologist who allegedly fled the scene of a reported DWI on June 14 were recently upgraded. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the doctor is now facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, DWI and reckless driving for his alleged role in the accident.

According to reports by law enforcement authorities, the doctor allegedly had been drinking at a gentleman’s club in Smithtown when he drove away from the bar. He allegedly struck a 45-year-old Middle Island woman who was reportedly on her way to work as a dialysis technician in the intersection of East Main Street and Route 111 in Smithtown.

Following the accident, the doctor reportedly retrieved his backpack before fleeing the accident scene on foot. Officers claim he failed to provide any medical assistance to the seriously injured woman or to call for help. When the doctor was located, a blood test taken within 90 minutes of the accident allegedly showed his blood alcohol content was .12 percent. The woman who was injured in the accident has now succumbed to the injuries she received as a result. The woman left behind her mother, husband and three children.

When a person is wrongfully killed due to the reckless actions of a drunk driver, the victim’s family is often left to deal with significant grief, pain and extensive financial losses as a result of the fatal accident. In addition to any resulting criminal charges, such drivers may also be held to be civilly liable for their actions by the family’s filing a wrongful death claim against him or her. By filing a lawsuit, families may be able to recover compensatory damages for their economic and noneconomic losses. In some cases, they may also be able to recover punitive damages.

Source: CBS New York , “Doctor Faces Upgraded Charges In Deadly Smithtown Crash“, December 01, 2014