Teen lived for ten minutes after being struck

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Pain and suffering is one of the elements of the civil trial brought by the family of Alix Rice.

In day two of the wrongful death trial against Dr. James Corasanti, two Getzville firefighters testified that Alix Rice was alive ten minutes after the accident that killed her in July of 2011. They say although she was unresponsive, when they first arrived she had a pulse and they both witnessed her gasping for air, which they consider to be alive.

That’s a key issue as the jury has to determine her pain and suffering.

STORY | Day two recap of Corasanti’s civil trial. 

Coransanti’s defense attorney, Richard Sullivan tried to shoot it down, saying “The Erie County Medical Examiner who performed the autopsy, Dr. Malone has testified previously under oath that Alix died instantly.”

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

“Alix, you will learn, had already shown tremendous character, caring for her Mom who had lost a kidney, for her Dad who has a terrible back disorder,” said Terrence Connors, who represents the parents of the 18 year-old.

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.

At some point in this trial, Corasanti himself will take the stand and describe why he didn’t stop his car that night.

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