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Hermitage oncologist remembered for lives he touched

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Those who knew him best are still coping with the sudden death of Hermitage oncologist Dr. Eric Raefsky.

Raefsky was described as a man who loved Phillies baseball, Predators hockey, the Grateful Dead and animals.

He was killed in a collision with a suspected drunken driver in Mt. Juliet on Tuesday night.

In addition to helping countless patients, Raefsky was a man who significantly molded lives by stepping into the education of several young people and pointing them in the right direction.

"He touched so many peoples' lives," Stacy Maciuk said. "So many people wouldn't even be living if it weren't for him and what he's done."

Messages made out to Raefsky have been left on the door of Tennessee Oncology. For Maciuk, pictures of their time together have never been more precious.

"He was the father that I never had," she said. "There's not a day that goes by that I'm not grateful for what he and Tori did for me."

When her foster mother came to work for Raefsky, Maciuk said he and his wife took her under their wing. The couple paid for her to go to private school and get the education for an undergraduate and graduate degree.

"They just saw something in me, and they knew if they didn't step out and help me, that I would probably end up being a statistic," Maciuk said.

Today, Maciuk is the vice president and business development officer at Cumberland Trust. She credits her success to a man she said was taken too soon.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Raefsky was driving on South Mt. Juliet Road when a second driver, Clayton Rogers, failed to yield at a traffic light and T-boned Raefsky's car.

Raefsky died from his injuries.

"Eric was just a beacon of light, and this was not the way we expected to say goodbye to him," Maciuk said.

Rogers has been charged with felony reckless endangerment. Police say he had drugs and alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.

Rogers has previously been accused of underage alcohol consumption, and his charges for the past year include a violation of probation, evading police and failure to appear in court.

"This world's not the same without him," Maciuk said.

Maciuk said it is her duty to keep Raefsky's story alive.

"It couldn't have happened to a better person, and we hate that this is the ending of his story," she said. "But we know that his legacy lives on, and we know that he touched so many peoples' lives. I can say that anything good that I've done in my life is a result of knowing Eric."

Raefsky's funeral is scheduled for Aug. 16 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

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