Dr. James Corasanti

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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
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.

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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Jury selection in the civil trial of Dr. James Corasanti may be a difficult process. 


Corasanti heads back to court today

Feb 2, 2015
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Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for a civil suit against Dr. James Corasanti, who previously served jail time for the drunken driving death of a skateboarder. 

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Dr. James Corasanti, who was convicted of drunk driving in a 2011 accident that killed a teenage skateboarder, was involved in another DWI accident Thursday morning.  This time, it was the driver of the other car who was allegedly drunk. 

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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.

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.

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The lawyers who represented Dr. James Corasanti during his recent trial say they've been targeted with death threats.

Corasanti was acquitted of the felony charges lodged against him this week after the car he was driving struck and killed Alexandria Rice on Heim Road in Amherst last July.

Attorney Cheryl Meyers-Buth told the Buffalo News the day after the acquittal was "unnerving." She admits such threats "can be part of the job for a defense attorney."

Meyers-Buth said a "very disturbing letter" sent to Corasanti has been turned over to Amherst Police.

Juror explains doubts behind Corasanti verdict

Jun 1, 2012

Doubts over a blood alcohol test appear to have been at the center of the jury's controversial not guilty verdict in the James Corasanti trial.

Jury foreman William Nixon offered his reflections to the media Thursday, a day after the 16-day trial came to its dramatic conclusion.

Nixon said his panel wondered if the tubes used in the test "could have been contaminated."

He also downplayed the impact upon the jury of Corasanti's emotional testimony in his own defense.

Corasanti was found guilty of a DWI charge for which he'll be sentenced in August.

WBFO News by Mike Desmond

An Erie County Court  jury has found Dr. James Corasanti not guilty on all of the major charges against him in the death of 18-year-old Alexandria Rice.

Jurors returned to the courtroom just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to issue their verdict.

The jury acquitted the 56-year-old Corasanti on second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, resulting death, and tampering with physical evidence.  

The trial of Dr. James Corasanti enters its 16th day in Erie County Court today.

Corasanti finished testifying early Monday afternoon and then the jury heard a defense witness pick apart the results of Corasanti's blood test.  

For Corasanti's second day on the stand, Alexandria Rice's father sat in his usual front row seat in the gallery wearing a neon green shirt that appeared close in color to the top Rice had on the night she was struck and killed by Corasanti's vehicle.  

 Dr. James Corasanti was called to the witness stand Friday morning in his vehicular manslaughter for the fatal hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Alexandria Rice.

Defense Attorney Joel Daniels called Corasanti to testify in day 14 of the trial in Erie County Court. The courtroom was packed in anticipation of Corasanti taking the stand.

It is day ten of the vehicular manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti.   The Amherst doctor is accused in the fatal July 8 hit and run of 18-year-old Alexandria Rice.

An Amherst Police officer testified Friday about collecting evidence at Corasanti's home. Detective Peter Crofut said one of the first things that was visible on the vehicle was a "palm print" on the hood of the car. 

Erie County Court judge Sheila DiTullio has denied a defense request for a mistrial in the case of Dr. James Corasanti of Amherst.

As the trial resumed Monday morning defense attorney Joel Daniels asked the judge to declare a mistrial, claiming a report in Sunday's Buffalo News could have tainted jurors.

Corasanti is standing trial for vehicular manslaughter in the hit and run of 18-year-old Alexandria Rice of Amherst last July on Heim Road. 

The prosecution says Corasanti had been drinking prior to hit and run.