The son of a dermatologist has committed suicide on a highway less than an hour after his father was sentenced to house arrest for sexually assaulting a patient in his care.
Dr. Calvin Day, a once-prominent doctor from San Antonio, Texas, accused his victim of ‘ruining my family and killing my son’ after learning of the death of 29-year-old Zachary Day.
The younger Day had stepped in front of a truck on Interstate 10 on Wednesday morning after parking his pickup on the side of the road, police said.
Less than an hour before, his father was sentenced for groping and exposing himself to a Botox patient. He also forcefully committed a sex act on her following an appointment in August 2010.
After he was arrested, 13 other women, including former employees and patients, stepped forward to report of other cases of sexual harassment or sexual assaults.
Dr Day, 61, and his daughter had previously suggested that the family had been under a lot of stress since the allegations and another relative had been hospitalized, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Attorney Alan Brown said that Day’s son had suffered a breakdown following the allegations.
Investigation: San Antonio police examine the roadside where Zachary Day was hit by a truck
Dr Day maintains his innocence, his attorney said.
‘The woman who made this false accusations is all the result of her and I’m going to get a new trial and go back through it and we will demonstrate it’s all on her,’ Day told KSAT.
‘She’s ruined my family and now she’s killed my son,’ said Day.
Dr Day had faced up to 20 years in prison but was given probation – including six months under house arrest – by the jury instead.
He also has to pay a $10,000 fine and carry out 300 hours of community service. He must also register as a sex offender and will be stripped of his ‘doctor’ title.
‘Mr. Day, you are senseless, you are dirty, immoral, self-righteous, pathetic, narcissistic and unlawful,’ his victim said in court in her victim impact statement.
‘I hope that my strength as a leader will aid each of these individuals you have unjustly violated to find a way to move on with their lives. You, Mr. Day, sexually assaulted the wrong woman.‘
Defense attorney Jay Norton said Dr Day is adamant about his innocence and will seek a new trial.
The judge has agreed to lift his house arrest temporarily so he can arrange the funeral for his son.