Amherst Community Mourns Death of Teen

July 11, 2011 Updated Jul 11, 2011 at 5:12 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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July 11, 2011 Updated Jul 11, 2011 at 5:12 PM EDT


Amherst, NY (WKBW) - Messages of love are now etched on Heim Road in Amherst where 18-year-old Alexandria Rice lost her life Friday night. According to Amherst Police, Rice was skateboarding down Heim Road when she was struck by a car around 11:30p.m. Witnesses said the vehicle that struck the teen did not stop and continued west on Heim Road. Investigators say they were able to locate the driver, 55-year-old James Corasanti, later at a gas station on Millersport Highway and found his car at his home. Corasanti is a prominent doctor with the Buffalo Medical Group. The doctor has agreed to temporarily stop practicing medicine while the investigation continues. Corasanti is charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident.

"It's the most horrifying story you can think of," said Rice's Mother Tammy Schueler. "A doctor who took an oath, left my daughter to die alone on the side of the road. I can picture her there alone."

Schueler remembers her daughter as a vibrant young girl. Rice recently obtained her GED and was planning to enroll at Erie Community College. Following her daughter's death and with Corasanti accused of driving drunk, Schueler is speaking out against drinking and driving.

"Just don't put your keys in the ignition," added Schueler. "Just don't."

Rice was an organ donor. The wake for 18-year-old Alexandria Rice will take place Monday at the Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home on Main Street in Williamsville from 1pm to 3 pm and 5pm until 7pm.
Funeral services will also be held at the funeral home and will start Tuesday at 11am.