Corasanti Case Could Force Change in the Law

April 12, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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April 12, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) Even though Dr. James Corasanti is now a free man, efforts to change how future hit-and-run drunk drivers are prosecuted continue.

"Alix's Law" would change the State's vehicle and traffic law to make drunk drivers more responsible when they hit someone with their vehicle.

Under the current law, a driver has to know, or have cause to know, that his vehicle has struck a person in order to be convicted for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

It was a defense that Dr. Corasanti used during his trial.

The physician testified that he did not know that he struck and killed 18-year old Alexandria Rice on the night of July 8, 2011.

Corasanti told the jury that he thought he hit either an animal, or ran over something in the road.

"It was really beyond belief or beyond common sense," said NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan, who introduced "Alix's Law."

The proposed law would make a drunk driver responsible for leaving the scene regardless of whether or not the driver knew if a person was struck.

"Alix's Law" has already passed the Senate unanimously and is expected to be voted on in the NYS Assembly during the next few months."