The Mobile Police Department has arrested and charged a local doctor with manslaughter following a single-car crash that left his passenger dead.
The suspect is Dr. Jonathan Nakhla, a 36-year-old neurosurgeon at Infirmary Health.
The victim of the August 1 crash is 24-year-old Samantha Alison Thomas, a student at the University of South Alabama’s College of Medicine.
Mobile’s Executive Director of Public Safety, James Barber, confirmed reports that the manslaughter charge stemmed from a blood alcohol test that showed Nakhla was over the legal limit.
Investigators revealed that Nakhla was traveling along the I-65 Service Road when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled over into a ditch in front of the Econo Lodge Hotel.
Thomas died at the scene while the doctor suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
Nakhla was arrested on August 10 and booked into Mobile County Metro Jail.
DA Ashley Rich said his bond hearing would take place on August 12.
No further details were released about the accident but could be revealed during the hearing.
Infirmary Health said it was aware of the investigation but did not offer any other comment after Nakhla’s arrest.
Meanwhile, social media posts said Thomas was a 2014 graduate of Guntersville High School and she was the valedictorian. She was remembered for her joy, intellect, and drive.
According to Alabama’s 2018 Crash Facts, 953 people were killed in 872 fatal crashes and a crash was reported every 3 minutes and 17 seconds. Meanwhile, someone was injured every 11 minutes and 5 seconds, and someone was killed every 9 hours and 10 minutes.
If you were injured in a crash or you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. An Alabama car accident lawyer can review the crash and let you know if you have a case.