BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jury selection is now complete in a civil case against Dr. James Corasanti. Four alternate jurors have been selected, and the civil trial will start on Monday at 10 a.m.
The family of Alix Rice is taking the doctor to court. He hit and killed the teen while she was riding her long board back in 2011.
Corasanti was acquitted of the most serious criminal charges in the teen’s death. However, he was convicted of misdemeanor DWI.
When the civil suit commences, the results may not go the same way as the criminal trial did because the standards of proof are different.
“In a criminal case, the standard of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt.” News 4 Legal Analyst Frank Clark explained. “In a civil trial, they call it a preponderance of the evidence. Which means 52 percent to 48 percent. Which is a standard much lower than a criminal case.”