On the night of July 8th the life of a young woman was cut short when she was allegedly hit and killed by a prominent WNY doctor. Alexandria Rice, 18, was on a longboard (a larger version of a skateboard), going to her father’s house from her job at a pizzeria, when she was allegedly struck by Dr. James Corasanti, 56, near 573 Heim Road in Amherst NY.
Corasanti was arraigned in Amherst Town Court on July 9th in front of Judge Geoffrey Klein where he pleaded not guilty to the charges of DWI and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Corasanti was due back in court August 10, 2011. That court appearance was waived by the defense allowing the evidence against Dr. Corasanti to go directly to the Erie County Grand Jury.
The Erie County grand jury indicted the Amherst doctor yesterday in court and added more charges. In addition to driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, Dr. Corasanti is also charged with, vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter, speeding, and texting while drunk driving. The doctor is also accused of evidence-tampering charges for allegedly removing the victim’s blood and body tissue from his BMW and deleting text messages from his mobile telephone. Should he be convicted of these crimes he faces 23 years in prison if convicted on all crimes and the sentences are imposed consecutively.
Investigators say they believe Dr. Corasanti was at a “martini golf” event at Transit Valley Country Club just hours before he was accused of fatally striking the teen. Police are interviewing the employees of the Transit Valley Country Club that may have been working on July 8th. The DA Frank Sedita says they are cooperating and many accounts are showing that Dr. Corasanti was drinking at the event.
Dr. Corasanti’s blood was not drawn until 4 ½ to 5 hours after the hit and run accident at arraignment it was determined that his BAC was .10, which is above the legal threshold of .08. Experts are saying that because of the delay in the drawing of blood his BAC at the time of the accident would have been closer to .14 to .21.
The DA asked the Judge Sheila DiTullio to increase the bail of Dr. Corasanti from $100,000 to $250,000. That request was granted and Dr. Corasanti had until 5 pm Thursday to post bail. Dr. Corasanti has already had his license revoked but also had to turn in his passport on Thursday. Dr. Corasanti is asking to have a conditional license so he may travel to work in Utica NY; right now he travels by train every day for work.
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