ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – A bill named after a teenager who was killed in a hit-and-run accident will likely fail in the State Assembly again.
Alix’s Law is named for Alexandria Rice, who was hit and killed in July 2011 while riding her skateboard home from work along Heim Road in Amherst by Dr. James Corasanti. The Amherst doctor was acquitted by a jury of the most serious charges against him because of a loophole that relates to drivers charged with leaving the scene of an accident where someone else is hurt or killed.
Under current law, prosecutors have to prove a driver knew they hit someone before leaving the scene. Alix’s Law rewords the current statutes, so that a driver would be presumed to have known he or she hit someone.
Because prosecutors could not prove that Corasanti knew he hit the teen, the jury was unable to convict him of the more serious charges he faced. He was found guilty of misdemeanor DWI.
Though the bill has passed the State Senate, it has failed several times in the New York State Assembly.