State lawmaker calls for changes to DWI hit & run law

Jun 7, 2012

A state lawmaker from Elma is calling for changes to the current DW I hit-and-run law. 

Senator Patrick Gallivan is proposing a new bill in the wake of last week's verdict in Dr. James Corasanti's vehicular manslaughter trial.  Gallivan said under his proposal a drunk driver who fails to stop would have no excuse for "not knowing they hit a person."

Corasanti was acquitted of serious charges for the hit-and-run death of Alexandra Rice.

The 56-year-old Getzville man faces up to one year in jail when he is sentenced for misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated in August.  

In a related matter, the Rice family has retracted yesterday's Facebook message urging citizens to write to the judge asking the maximum sentence for Corasanti's drunk driving conviction.  The family said they were asked to stop the request by the Erie County District attorney's Victim Advocate Office.