Civil trial against Corasanti postponed until next year

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – A civil trial against an Amherst doctor who fatally struck Alix Rice has been postponed until next January.

Terry Connors, who is representing the Rice family, tells News 4 that appeals filed by attorneys for Dr. James Corasanti won’t be heard until October, which will delay the start of the wrongful-death lawsuit.

Attorneys for Corasanti are appealing a ruling that denied their access to Rice’s medical records and a ruling that squashed their bid to have the case dismissed.

Corasanti was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in the July 2011 hit-and-run crash that killed the 18-year-old Amherst teen as she rode her skateboard home from work. He served eight months of a one-year jail sentence.

The Rice family is suing Corasanti for punitive damages, as well as pain and suffering. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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