Indiana dentist charged in fatal drunk driving accident: 5 things to know


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Indiana dentist Jeffrey Bilyak, DDS, allegedly crashed into an ambulance while under the influence, killing a woman inside the ambulance, according to Northwest Indiana Times.

Here are five things to know:

1. Dr. Bilyak was charged with four total counts, including two felonies. The woman in the ambulance died the day after the crash following surgery at Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso, Ind.

2. Specifically, investigators charged Dr. Bilyak with level 4 felony operating while intoxicated causing death, level 5 felony reckless homicide and two counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury.

3. The collusion allegedly occurred on a two-way no-passing zone highway when Dr. Bilyak tried to pass a semi-truck. The ambulance was transporting the women to Indianapolis for an undisclosed medical treatment.

4. Dr. Bilyak had a 0.173 blood-alcohol level. Firefighters called to the crash also wittnessed a bottle of vodka roll out of Dr. Bilyak's truck. The ambulance driver suffered a leg fracture and knee injury while Dr. Bilyak suffered a fractured clavicle.

5. Dr. Bilyak practices at North Judson (Ind.) Family Dental Center. Currently a voicemail informs patients the facility is now closed because of the accident and will remain closed for at least eight weeks.

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