Cell Phone Use During Fatal Crash Detailed

May 10, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM EDT

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May 10, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) On day number nine in the vehicular manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti, the focus was on cell phone use during the moments leading up the fatal crash.

AT&T records show that Dr. Corasanti sent and received several text messages, and took a phone call, in the 20 minutes prior to the accident.

At 11:18pm, the doctor sent a text message to a female physician's assistant, followed by another one at 11:19pm to his secretary Bonnie Warsaw.

Investigators believe the fatal accident occurred moments later about 11:20pm on July 8, 2011.

The phone records reveal the Dr. Corasanti sent two more text messages to his physician's assistant at 11:23pm.

When police seized the doctors iPhone for evidence, they found that of the 79 messages recorded by AT&T, only 12 were left - the rest deleted.

"Every single text sent in the twenty minutes leading up the crash deleted and un-retrievable," said assistant District Attorney James Bargnesi during opening statements.

Police found the the messages were also deleted from the women's cell phones.

Physician's assistant, Christine Micciarello, told the court she never saw the doctor's messages because she was in bed.

Micciarello said she deleted the text messages without reading them the next morning

Bonnie Warsaw, the doctor's secretary, testified that she deleted the messages after re-reading them and crying, "I read the texts a million times . . . after realizing I was texting him close to the accident."

When asked by prosecutors if she felt "concerned about that?" she responded, "I felt sad."

Earlier in the day, Amherst Police Investigator Thomas Barillari revealed that Dr. Corasanti's phone was analyzed by the FBI, but they could not determine when the messages were deleted, or recover the content.

Under cross examination by Cheryl Meyers-Buth, it was pointed out that AT&T records do not list text duration, and are not accurate to the second.

It was also pointed out the the victim, Alexandria Rice, was using an older cell phone with push buttons to text her father approximately one minute before her death.

The defense questioning how she could be texting, riding a longboard, and paying attention to traffic all at the same time.

Prosecutors pointed out that, while Dr. Corasanto's BMW had "Bluetooth" capability for voice calls, the doctor had to use his fingers to manipulate a touch screen in order to send a text message on his Apple iPhone 4.