Monday, 28 Sep 2020

Surgeon 'killed pal in 138mph crash – then moaned about damage to car and watch'

A drunk surgeon killed his colleague in a 138mph crash – then whinged about his car and expensive watch being damaged in the collision, a court heard.

Neurosurgeon Jonathan Nakhla is said to have moaned about his ‘very expensive’ timepiece in the back of an ambulance moments after allegedly killing medical student Samantha Thomas in his Audi R8 Spyder in Mobile, Alabama, last month.

An eyewitness at the scene said Nakhla didn’t appear bothered about Thomas’s death, and that he made a phone call while inside the ambulance, telling the person at the other end of the line: ‘I know baby, you loved that car.’

The damaging allegations against the surgeon were disclosed at a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, with Nakhla facing a manslaughter charge over Thomas’s death.

He has been fired from his job, with the death smash said to have happened after Nahkla and his neighbor Thomas decided to go and get ice cream after a day of drinking by the pool at their apartment complex.

Nahkla smashed his car just five minutes after surveillance camera footage showed he and Thomas leave the apartment complex, WKRG reported.

After the accident, Nakhla unbuckled Thomas’s seat belt to try and treat her – only to realize she was already dead from the force of the collision.

He was found to be above the drink drive legal limit afterwards, although toxicology results are still pending. Nakhla’s legal team deny he was drunk behind the wheel, and say other data obtained by prosecutors is inaccurate.

Thomas’s dad has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Nakhla over the killer crash. The surgeon is free on $200,000 bond ahead of his next court appearance.

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