Elena Bright Shapiro was a 20-year-old ballerina with a promising career ahead of her. She died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, when the car she was driving was struck by Dr. Raymond Cook, according to police. Dr. Cook is a cosmetic surgeon and assistant professor at the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, and is accused of driving drunk.
Dr. Cook has since been charged with second degree murder in Shapiro's death.
Dr. Cook posted a $250,000 bond and was released from custody. He also surrendered his medical license and apologized to Shapiro's family.
Police say Dr. Cook was driving 85 mph when his vehicle slammed into Shapiro's.
The young ballerina's friends and fellow dancers at the Carolina Ballet spoke to The Today Show on Wednesday.
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