In 1998, an emergency room physician named Stephen Nesnidal who was thoroughly drunk ran a red light and t-boned a taxi. One of the occupants was seriously injured. The other was killed.
Nesnidal received a probationary medical license because of a DUI he received in 1993. It became a regular license in 1997. He killed the taxi’s occupant in 1998. As a result, his physician’s license was suspended in 2001 but reinstated in 2003.
I never did understand why DUI isn’t considered a more serious crime in the U.S. And I also wonder why alcoholism seems to be taken less seriously for people in higher-level professions. Riding the commuter train, I notice the smell of alcohol on people’s breath early in the morning. They are dressed conservatively and professionally but reek of liquor.
How did Nesnidal even get a job? I would never hire a doctor who had a probationary license for that reason. I’d be too afraid he’d come to work drunk.
If you were a dockworker, or a truck driver, or a waiter in a restaurant, my guess is that you’d be canned for being drunk. Wonder which ER Nesnidal is working in now?