Doctor accused in fatal DUI crash surrenders medical license - - Columbia, South Carolina

Doctor accused in fatal DUI crash surrenders medical license

David Lee Smith (Source: Lexington County Detention Center) David Lee Smith (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
Raymond Geiger (Source: Brenda Castile) Raymond Geiger (Source: Brenda Castile)

A Midlands doctor accused of hitting and killing a man walking on an Irmo sidewalk in early January has voluntarily surrendered his medical license.

David Smith, 46, of Lexington, signed the temporary agreement of voluntary surrender on January 16, according to the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners website.

The order invalidates Smith's license to practice medicine in the state of South Carolina. 

Ten days earlier, Smith was charged with felony DUI after police say he hit Raymond A. Geiger, 39, with his Land Rover on Lake Murray Boulevard near St. Andrews Road around 10:30 p.m. on January 6.

Geiger was pronounced dead at the scene.

The next day, Smith was denied bond and remained in the Lexington County Detention Center for three days.

On January 10, he was released with a bond of $250,000. Records show he paid a sum of $25,000 to get out of jail.

Conditions of Smith's release direct him not to have contact with victim's family, submit to random drug tests, and only travel outside a 60-mile radius of Columbia with permission from the court.

According to investigators, two witnesses told officers that Smith had been weaving across the road just prior to the collision. Based on Smith's condition and witness accounts of his driving, officers gave Smith field sobriety tests. He failed two of the three tests, investigators said.

A breath test yielded a zero percent blood-alcohol level, according to the report.

After the tests, according to the arrest report, Smith asked officers "Who'd I kill?" After the officer answered Smith's question, he still seemed "very care-free, uncaring of the whole situation, and had an extreme lack of empathy," the report stated.

The incident report says a search of Smith's vehicle turned up two bottles of prescription pills, one of which had a label that read "May cause dizziness or drowsiness" and "This drug may impair the ability to drive or operate machinery."

Police took Smith to the Lexington Medical Center for urine and blood samples. The results of the tests have not been made public.

Smith, who was employed as a doctor with Lexington Family Practice on Polo Road, at the time of his arrest, did not admit any guilt related to his charges by surrendering his license.

Smith's license was scheduled to expire on June 30, 2013.

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