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.

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