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Fatal DUI accident leads to medical license suspension

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Friday, December 14, 2012

An accident in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that occurred on New Year's Eve 2011 resulted in the death of a 4-year-old child. According to authorities, the driver of a Land Rover was driving under the influence of alcohol during the time of the crash. That driver is a board-certified general surgeon and her medical license was brought into question due to the drunk driving accident.

On Dec. 31, 2011, the physician was heading southbound on St. Francis Drive when her car struck a minivan turning from Siringo Road. The Land Rover collided with the minivan on the passenger side. According to police reports, the physician told authorities that she had consumed a glass of wine hours before the accident but a blood sample that was tested found that she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent.

Police evidence could not confirm which of the drivers had a green light at the intersection. This saw to the dismissal of a vehicular homicide charge brought against the physician. In late August, the doctor entered a no-contest plea to DWI and was sentenced to a year of community service, DWI school and supervised probation.

The New Mexico Medical Board summoned the physician for a hearing and struck an agreement with her in late July. According to that agreement, the woman could continue practicing as a licensed surgeon if she entered into a monitored treatment plan and allowed supervision by the Medical Board. However, on Nov. 9, the state Medical Board determined that she had not sought treatment.

By violating the agreement, the physician put her medical license at risk. The Medical Board decided to suspend her license in the state and since their decision, the physician has responded. She believes that the findings of the board are untrue and malicious. According to the board, the physician violated the state Medical Practices Act.

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican, "Medical license suspended for doctor involved in fatal DWI crash," Bruce Krasnow, Dec. 2, 2012