KNIGHTDALE — A surgeon with a practice in Knightdale was one of five people killed when their plane crashed in Georgia on Wednesday evening.
Steven Roth, a vascular surgeon, is co-owner of the Vein Guys, which has practices in five Southeastern cities. Roth lives in Augusta, Ga., but sees patients at all five locations, according to the company’s website.
Roth was one of seven people aboard a small jet that crashed off the end of a runway west of Augusta, Ga., shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. According to a statement from the Vein Guys, the plane’s two pilots survived, while the five passengers, including Roth, were killed.
A sign on the door of the Vein Guys office in Knightdale on Thursday read: “This is a notice that due to a recent tragedy, this office will be closed until further notice.”
The plane, a Hawker Beechcraft 390/Premier 1, had departed Nashville, Tenn., and crashed at Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport, about 30 miles west of Augusta, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.
Dr. Bob Adams, of Knightdale Family Medicine, practices in the same building as Roth and said he’ll miss seeing Roth on Thursday mornings.
“Before the start of the clinic, I typically go to his office and wish him a good morning and then go see him again for lunch,” Adams said. “We’d talk about the changing world of medicine. ... We talked about taking his son fly fishing this spring.”
Adams remembers Roth as a devoted family man.
“Unlike other doctors who work all the time, he had a pretty good balance of work and play,” Adams said. “He was one of the nicest men I’ve ever met.”
Adams also credited Roth with helping him start his family practice.
“Without Steve Roth and his partner (Keith Davis), I probably could not have opened this business in Knightdale,” Adams said. “They were 25 percent owners of the building.”