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.