Accident claims life of Wiregrass area physician and daughter

Published 3:22 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2023

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A single-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday, Feb. 21, at approximately 10:55 p.m. has claimed the lives of a Dothan man and a 13-year-old juvenile.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, 54-year-old Nidal Abdel Hafiz Yunis, a cardiologist with practices in Dothan, Enterprise, Ozark, Andalusia, Opp, and Geneva, was critically injured when the 2021 Lincoln Navigator he was driving left the roadway, struck an embankment, hit several trees, and overturned. Yunis was transported to an area hospital for medical attention, where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The 13-year-old juvenile, who was a passenger in the Lincoln, was not using a seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Henry County Coroner Derek Wright identified the juvenile as Yunis’ daughter Shereen, a student at Houston Academy in Dothan.

Two other passengers, Arwa Felfel Yunis, 50, and Zeid Nidal Yunis, 20, also of Dothan, were injured in the crash and taken to Southeast Health for medical treatment.

The crash occurred on Highway 431 near the 47-mile marker, approximately five miles north of Abbeville, in Henry County.

Houston Academy canceled all classes and extracurricular activities scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22. The school has scheduled a candlelight vigil for the Yunis family at the HA Amphitheater from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight.

Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.