Firefighters: Rice was alive at the scene

Courtroom Summary, Tuesday, Feb 10

  • First responders testified Rice had pulse, was gasping for air
  • Rice was unresponsive, didn’t cry or moan, firefighters testified
  • Defense said official forms state Rice had no pulse and pupils didn’t respond to light
  • Co worker testified Rice ‘made work fun,’ and had unmatched ‘knowledge and worth ethic’
  • Defense inquires about Rice smoking marijuana while working
  • Next on witness stand: Rice’s teacher and employer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The civil trial continues Tuesday for Dr. James Corasanti. Two first responders took the stand Tuesday morning, and the victim’s teacher and employer are expected to take the stand later.ALIX RICE

The first two witnesses to take the stand were Getzville Firefighters who also happen to live on Heim Road where Rice was killed. The prosecution pointed out that they were the first first responders to arrive on scene.

Both Bradley Marshall and Steven Herberger said Rice had a pulse when they arrived and she was gasping for air. They said she was alive, but they didn’t know if she was conscious or not.  They said she was unresponsive and didn’t cry, moan, or groan.

That’s a key issue as the jury has to determine her pain and suffering, but Coransanti’s defense tried to shoot it down.

The defense questioned Rice’s state, saying the forms filled out by the Getzville Fire Chief noted a zero next to the pulse and respiration, and that her pupils had no reaction to light. The defense asked the men about the lighting on Heim Road.  Herberger stated the road is relatively well lit.

The next witness was Ann Marie Marie Molzen, who worked with Rice at Bocce Pizza. She said Alix ‘made work fun,’ adding that she never met another 18-year-old with as much knowledge and work ethic as Alix Rice.

But during cross examination, Defense Attorney Richard Sullivan asked the co worker if she was aware that Rice and another co worker regularly smoked marijuana while working. It’s something that Sullivan says a future witness will testify about. Eventually, Corasanti himself will take the stand and describe why he didn’t stop the car that night.

Background

  • The family of Alix Rice is currently suing Corasanti for the death of their daughter
  • Rice was riding her longboard in Amherst, in 2011, when she was struck by a car driven by the doctor
  • Corasanti was acquitted of the most serious criminal charges in Rice’s death, but was convicted of misdemeanor DWI
  • Rice family is seeking monetary damages for the pain she suffered before dying, and for the economic loss that they will suffer by her not being around to care for them when they get older

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