Alix's Law

Groundbreaking for Alix Rice Peace Park held in Amherst

Jul 7, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

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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Elma Republican Patrick Gallivan said it is frustrating and troubling that the bill he sponsored - named for a teenager who was killed by a hit-and-run driver - has been passed unanimously, again, in the State Senate, but for several years has failed to come to a vote in the Assembly.

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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.

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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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It will be harder to leave the scene of an accident and get away with it under legislation unanimously approved in the State Senate Monday.

Saying the hit-and-run accident which killed Alexandria Rice last summer showed a loophole in state law, the State Senate yesterday passed "Alix's Law" which makes drunken drivers responsible if they leave the scene.

Senator Patrick Gallivan says the trial showed Dr. James Corasanti had been drinking and told the jury he didn't realize he had knocked Rice off her skateboard and killed her and left the scene.

The senator, a former state trooper, says drunken drivers are more likely to leave the scene and less likely to realize they have hit someone.