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In 2011, 18-year-old Alix Rice was struck and killed by a drunk driver while riding her longboard home from work in Getzville. In the years since, her mother has been working to open a public skate park in her memory.

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Seven years after the tragic death of Amherst teenager Alix Rice a special skate park will officially open to the public next month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a ribbon cutting for the Alix Rice Peace Park will be held Saturday, August 4th at the Northtown Center in Amherst.  

Groundbreaking for Alix Rice Peace Park held in Amherst

Jul 7, 2017
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One day before the sixth anniversary of Alix Rice's death, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the Town of Amherst for a future skate park to be named in her memory.


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Summer in Western New York is a time when many leave their cars behind and instead choose to walk, rollerblade, and ride their bikes and skateboards. The local skateboarding scene has carved out a niche that distinguishes itself from other parts of the country.


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Tammy Schueler says she would have loved to hear the jury find Dr. James Corasanti guilty. But with the wrongful death lawsuit involving her daughter Alix Rice ending in a settlement, Schueler says she's moving forward.

Settlement reached in Corasanti civil case

Feb 24, 2015
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Both sides have agreed on a settlement in the civil trial against Dr. James Coarasanti. The parents of teenager Alix Rice filed the wrongful death suit against Corasanti, who was driving while intoxicated when his vehicle struck and killed Rice on Heim Road in 2011.

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The wife of Dr. James Corasanti was called to testify Thursday morning at his civil trial.  Laureen Corasanti testified about the night her husband returned home after he struck and killed teenager Alexandria Rice. Rice was riding on her longboard along Heim Road in Amherst on July 8, 2011 when she was hit.

Emotions run high in Corasanti case

Feb 11, 2015

The jury in Dr. James Corasanti's civil trial heard emotional testimony about Alix Rice in State Supreme Court in Buffalo on Tuesday.

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Attorneys for both sides in Dr. James Corasanti's civil trial  presented their opening statements to the jury Monday.

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Dr. James Corasanti is scheduled to be released from the county jail in Alden next week after 9 months behind bars.

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A local car dealership will not sell a luxury vehicle that was involved in a notorious hit-and-run accident that killed a young Amherst girl in July 2011.

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As day turned into night Thursday, hundreds of people lined Amherst's closed Heim Road at the site of the death of Alexandria "Alix" Rice to remember a life cut short too soon.

As Casey and Jennifer Langendorfer sang Carrie Underwood's "See You Again," Heim was lined with people holding candles in memory of the young woman killed just over a year ago by drunken driver James Corasanti as she came home from work on her long board.

The site has been transformed into an informal memorial to Alix Rice with a sign, flowers and recollections marked on a roadside barrier.