Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – Legal experts said deliberations in the Dr. James Corasanti case could go for quite some time because the charges are extremely complicated. The jury deliberated for three hours on Tuesday. Then they were sequestered at a local hotel.
In closing arguments Tuesday, the prosecution said Corasanti is criminally responsible because he was drunk and texting at the time of the incident.
The District Attorney also called the defense “selfish”, “ridiculous” and “offensive”.
Legal analyst Barry Covert said the defense was at ease and calm when they said that this was simply a “ terrible, tragic accident”. They said the victim Alexandria Rice, 18, was crouched low on her skateboard, wearing dark clothes and skating over the white line.
These three factors made it nearly impossible for Corasanti to see her as he drove on Heim Road.
Covert said this case is not going to be easy for the jury to hammer out in deliberations.
“The case is complicated enough, and each charge is complicated, that unless the jury has a strong gut reaction, there are going to be long deliberations at least until the end of the week. I don't believe there is going to be a strong gut reaction either way. It's a strong prosecution case and a very good defense from where we started,” Covert said.
The jury also got a second look at pieces of the $90,000 specially equipped BMW that Corasanti was driving. The prosecution is claiming that with the damage, there is no way Corasanti could not have known he hit a person.
The defense said the care was specially designed to keep driving smoothly in a minor accident, with very little impact to the driver. They also said the car was very large, something the jury couldn’t see because the prosecution only displayed piece of the vehicle in court that they wanted the jurors to see.
Deliberations will continue this morning and they are expected to last through the week.