Attorney: Mobile neurosurgeon on leave after deadly crash involving medical student | Mobile County Alabama News

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MOBILE, Ala (WALA) – Court documents filed Tuesday afternoon shed light on a wreck of a mobile neurosurgeon that killed a woman.

In addition to investigators who said alcohol was involved in the fatal crash, records show that Dr. Jonathan Nakhla may have been driving too fast.



Dr. Jonathan Nakhla

According to court records, Nakhla was driving “at extremely high speed” and had to swerve to avoid another car before crashing on I-65 Service Road earlier this month. The passenger in the car, 24-year-old Samantha Thomas, was killed.

“It is very early in the investigation to say that the fault is either here or there, but certainly the evidence in this case seems to be that there was another vehicle on the road that resulted in the vehicle being mine Customers had to dodge, “said lawyer Dennis Knizley.

Investigators say Nakhla’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.

Knizley is representing Dr. Nakhla and says he was not made aware of this.

“Alcohol is not a factor at the moment as the complaint does not claim that alcohol contributed to this accident. That is not our focus at the moment,” he said.

Thomas was a student at the US College of Medicine.

According to Nakhla’s attorney, Thomas was a family friend and his client is a married father of two.

Dr. Nakhla is a neurosurgeon at Mobile Infirmary.

The hospital released a statement saying, “We are really saddened by this terrible accident and the tragic loss of this young lady’s life. We trust that our authorities will thoroughly investigate this event and take any appropriate action they deem necessary. Our deepest condolences to the family for their loss. “

Knizley said Dr. Nakhla is on vacation.

“He had a concussion and was on administrative leave for 14 days until this is over,” he said.

Nakhla’s hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Depending on the effects, he could be released from prison at some point afterwards.

Thomas’s family say they are working to set up a scholarship on their behalf. You can find the details here.

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