Skip to comments.Surgeon Charged With DWI After Collision Kills Girl, 4 (NM)
Posted on 01/02/2012 7:38:25 PM PST by CedarDave
SANTA FE About four years ago, a doctor probably helped Juliana Reyes Vasquez into the world. Now, a doctor is accused of ending her life.
Juliana, 4, died early Saturday morning, about two hours after an alleged drunken driver struck a minivan at a Santa Fe intersection that carried the child, her 3-year-old sister Yeretez Jasmine Reyes Vasquez and their mother, Carla Vasquez Rivera. Mother and sister were both injured, but survived.
Both girls were in the back seat and in car seats at the time of the crash, and both drivers were wearing seatbelts, according to police.
Deborah Aaron, a former surgeon at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center who currently has ties to Doctors Without Borders, is accused of being drunk behind the wheel of the SUV that T-boned the Rivera Vasquez familys minivan.
Aaron, 56, is a New York University graduate who attended medical school at UCLA, according to information from her Facebook page. The doctor was booked without bond into the Santa Fe County jail early Saturday on charges of DWI and vehicular homicide.
About three years ago, Aaron worked as a surgeon at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, according to Delgado, who was unable Saturday to provide information about the circumstances that led to Aarons leaving the hospital.
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A tragedy and a waste all around. Drunks are drunks, but she’s almost undoubtedly going to do some serious time and her career as (I assume) a skilled surgeon is probably toast. Prison doc?
About a week ago I was driving home (East of Albuquerque) on old Rt 66 with my wife, son and daughter in law. It was probably around 7:30PM. I found myself behind a van that was having trouble maintaining the lane. (weaving all over the place). I called the County Sheriff’s dispatch and reported the individual, along with license number. I made three calls total when, after some time, I did not see any cops in the area. Finally, a few miles up the road, I saw two Bernalillo Deputies sitting in wait. As soon as the suspected drunk driver passed them, they were on him like white on rice! I felt good.
Several years ago we were passed by some kids that were driving too fast and weaving. I called the State Police with their license # and location. Several days later I got a call from an officer thanking me for reporting them, apparently they were wanted.
More recently I called in a driver that was weaving in and out of traffic, riding on bumpers and generally being obnoxious. The dispatcher said “how fast are you going” and hung up on me.
I read that in the paper yesterday. How very sad. Of all people out there, a doctor should have seen plenty of examples of what happens when people drive drunk.
What a shame that such a young child was lost.
That phrase in the Constitution regarding “cruel and unusual punishment” would come into play here;)
Did ALCOHOL contribute to her separation from that hospital three years ago? Love the way those guys dummy up/s
There is widespread alcoholism among MD’s.
One of my classmates at the time was onboard. She was able to get off, but her sister was not so fortunate. One of my best friends and coworkers lost four friends in the crash. He would have gone with them, but his dad was in the hospital so he stayed home.
It always makes me so angry when I read an article like this. It is almost impossible to imagine that anyone is so alone in the world that they can't call someone up and ask them for a ride home. There has been many a night when I'll get a call around one or two in the morning and end up driving to Louisville (40 miles) or Lexington (75 miles) to pick them up.
I don't understand why seemingly responsible people dismiss driving after a few drinks as 'just something everybody does.' And while they all spin the dice, those have the accidents by sheer statistical unluckiness (a car happened to be there when they ran the stop sign) are somehow the only ones they consider to have a moral inadequacy.
Next time, report them as texting and using a video game behind the wheel.
Sounds like it might have already been.
This is why I propose giving addicts all they want of whatever they are addicted to. But in a locked, guarded, inescapable building. When they OD they don’t take anyone else with them.
Prayers for the little girl and her family.How very sad.
My friend Art was (and still is) good friends with Harold. After the crash, Art spent many an afternoon and weekend in Harold's room at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville. I am eternally thankful that this wonderful facility, with the best pediatric burn ward in the entire world, was only an hour away from the crash site and helped save the lives of many of those burned in the crash.
“This is why I propose giving addicts all they want of whatever they are addicted to. But in a locked, guarded, inescapable building. When they OD they dont take anyone else with them.”
I have thought of this. Perhaps on closed military bases. I think it would be a humane way to get addicts out of the general population and lower overall crime quite a bit.
I guess I don’t understand your reply. I couldn’t read article because of subscription nonsense.
Are you suggesting this doctor is an alcoholic (addict)?
As for locking up addicts, There’s not an area big enough in the USA to segregate boozers while they drink 24/7/365, unless you want to make the entire country a prison.
I do believe that illicit drugs should be decriminalized. The WOD is a failure, a waste of resources, has precipitated a loss of freedoms for all Americans, & is the father of our expanding police state.
People with addictions have a MEDICAL problem that all the police & all the prisons will NEVER cure. With an admitted 4% success rate in treating addictions, the medical industry will never cure addiction, either.
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I beg your pardon?! I have been practicing 25 years and have not run across any issues. In the hospital where I am chair of a major department one alcohol related incident will get you off staff immediately. And your license and ability to practice anywhere ever again will be in grave danger. Almost every doc I know is careful to the extreme with any Amount of alcohol. Paint with your broad brush somewhere else
Ah, sweet memories...a few winters ago we were driving back home to California from a family emergency in Minnesota and encamped at the La Quinta Inn in Santa Rosa, and ate at the adjoining Route 66 diner.
It felt so damned good to us to finally see no snow, and to be able to walk outside again without shivering.
Yes the doctor is an alcoholic, by definition therefore an addict to alcohol. That’s what anyone in AA will say.
And no, most drinkers are not alcoholics. A small percentage are, but they create the large majority of problems the rest of society must deal with w/r/t drunk driving.
The way to deal with addicts is to house them in buildings they cannot get out of, and give them as much of whatever they are addicted to because almost none are curable. They will take care of themselves and the rest of us will be safe. Think of all the innocent people that would be alive today if drug addicts and drunk drivers were in a safe building they could not get out of and cause problems that could injure or kill others.
It would be a fantastic way. The people OD’ing would be given clean safe drugs and alcohol and would exit on their own terms. Without crime, injury or death to other parties.
Clearly these are people who cannot help themselves and as another person noted, over 96% can’t be cured of their addictions, which is why they continually are problems and dangerous to others around them.
In my younger, single days, I spent many evenings after work socializing in a bar filled with successful professionals in every type of occupation - doctors, lawyers, business people. On Ladies Night & Two-for-one, virtually everyone in the bar was snockered by the time they drove home. Very few would be considered an alcoholic or addict by their peers.
I doubt the bar scene has changed much in 25+ years. People go there to get a buzz, & many overdo it. Same with illicit drugs.
So, locking up addicts will only skim the surface of the problem, which is dangerous, impaired behavior - especially driving, not addiction.
I believe the ONLY solution to the impaired driving problem is a very intelligent car that wont move an inch with an impaired driver. I realize we are many years from this solution, & a lot of people are gonna be injured & die, until the car refuses to move.
But unreasonable ideas about locking up addicts while they party is NOT a solution. Giving the gov’t license to decide who is an addict & should be locked up is also NOT a solution, though we have been doing it for decades, with no hope of solving the problem in sight.
I disagree. Government is not in charge of forcing people into these buildings. Addicts choose to go there because they want free, good drugs and an infinite supply of them.
People who kill while drunk or on drugs get the choice to go to jail the rest of their life or gamble againg St a death penalty ruling if the state has one, or going into one of these buildings.
The only thing the government would do is make sure nobody left the building, and provide clean drugs and alcohol for the addicts until they expire. And body removal.
And it was apparently not obvious to you but the only addicts this would ever apply to would be the ones that are causing problems. Addicts who’s habits are impacting others - crimes, injuries, deaths, theft, robbery,destruction of property, cops continually having to deal with them.
The people who get buzzed but do not cause problems because they can control themselves, would never hit anyone’s radar.
She’ll likely spend only a few years in jail and be right out again. Same thing happened to my brother’s girlfriend. Killed by a drunk-driving doctor. Multiple offenses. He got six years for murder.
Must be nice to live however you like, I guess.