Momentum grows for State Assembly to pass Alix’s Law

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Momentum is growing to pass Alix’s Law in the New York State Assembly.

Assemblywoman Jane Corwin will join with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to encourage her colleagues to vote “yes” to the measure.

The bill has stalled out in the Assembly twice before. The law, named in honor of 18-year-old Alix Rice, would make it so that a driver is presumed to know they hit someone.

“Being so drunk that you are unaware of hitting someone or something should never allow to escape responsibility for your actions,” Corwin said. “There still is time. We need to get this done. We need to move now.”

Under current law, prosecutors have to prove a driver knew they hit someone before leaving the scene.

Dr. James Corasanti hit and killed Rice, but because prosecutors could not prove he knew he hit the teen, the jury was unable to convict Corasanti of the more serious charges he faced.

The Amherst doctor was found guilty of misdemeanor DWI.

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