UPDATE (3:49 PM) — Mobile Infirmary has fired Dr. Nakhla after felony charges were brought against him stemming from a fatal car crash that killed a medical student.
Due to the felony charges brought against Dr. Nakhla, in accordance with medical staff bylaws, he is no longer a member of the medical staff at Mobile Infirmary and no longer employed with our organization.Mobile Infirmary
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile Infirmary neurosurgeon Jonathan Nakhla was going more than 130 miles per hour when he crashed, causing the death of medical student Samantha Thomas, prosecutors revealed at his bond hearing on Wednesday.
Bond was set at $200,000. Nakhla posted bond on Wednesday and was released from jail. He must get permission to leave the state. He also surrendered his passport.
Nakhla is charged with manslaughter in connection with the August 1 crash on the West I-65 Service Road in Mobile. Police said Nakhla had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit of .08 percent. The Mobile County DA’s Office said it’s still waiting on the final analysis.
Investigators said Nakhla swerved to avoid another vehicle. The Audi rolled and came to rest in a ditch near the Econo Lodge on the service road.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Nakhla’s attorney argued the data recorder which recorded Nakhla going 138 miles per hour is not reliable.
The attorney told WKRG News 5 he believed the car was a Spyder, a top-end Audi capable of going 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds.
Nakhla owns real estate in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. At the time of the crash, he was living at the same apartment complex where Thomas lived.
Nakhla’s wife was at Wednesday’s hearing and could be seen sobbing in court.
If convicted, the manslaughter charge is a Class B felony that calls for a minimum of two years behind bars. The maximum sentence is 20 years.
Nakhla is due back in court September 2.
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