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South Florida Doctor Charged for Allegedly Driving Drunk, Causing Fatal Crash

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A South Florida podiatrist is facing charges after allegedly causing a fatal car accident while driving drunk on the highway.

31-year-old Zeeshan Anwar was allegedly driving southbound on I-95 in mid-February when he ran into a construction worker and smashed him against a pickup truck.

The victim was later identified as 64-year-old Curtis Heaberlin. He was taken to the hospital and died there shortly after the accident.

According to prosecutors, Anwar had close to three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

"The defendant didn’t slow down when a car in front of him did to avoid the construction zone," a prosecutor said in bond court Thursday. "He hit that car, then he wound up going into the construction zone were he hit an empty forklift and there was also a pickup truck.”

The judge set Anwar's bond at $150,000. He also had to surrender his passport and is not allowed to drink alcohol or drive a car pending his trial.

Editor's Note: This article was updated to remove references to Barry University. Anwar is not currently employed by Barry University and is not a physician there. He was scheduled as a temporary instructor for the fall semester, a university spokesperson said, and the matter is currently under review.

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