Cheektowaga, NY (WKBW) - In a twist of fate, Doctor James Corasanti became the victim of a DWI crash on Thursday morning.
Police say a drunk teenager rear-ended the car he was riding in on the Kensington Expressway by the I-90 in Cheektowaga.
The case against Corasanti sparked outrage in Western New York. A jury sent him to jail for a misdemeanor DWI in the July of 2011 crash that killed 18-year-old Alix Rice. However, the verdict acquitted Corasanti of the more serious charges.
"More than ironic, it makes you look at the DWI situation and say the problem is bigger than most people even realize," says Cheektowaga Police Captain Jim Speyer. "This was at 11:15 in the morning -- a 17-year-old girl whose intoxicated."
In Thursday's accident, Corasanti suffered back pain. The woman driving Corasanti, his secretary, was taken to ECMC with head trauma.
At the exact time as the accident, attorneys were in court arguing over an upcoming civil case.
"Dr. Corasanti is trying to say what happened to Alix that night, whatever terror she suffered afterwards, is worth nothing," says Lawlor Quinlan, an attorney for the Rice family in the civil lawsuit.
Quinlan tells Eyewitness News that Corasanti's defense team wants three claims dismissed. He says the defense is arguing to dismiss claims for punitive damage, pain and suffering, and pre-impact terror.
"It's very disappointing to see someone trying to completely escape the problems that he caused another family," Quinlan says. "He acted recklessly and the family will suffer forever as a result."
It may take the judge a few weeks to make a decision on the motions. The civil trial, which was scheduled to begin in September, will likely be pushed back several months.
Eyewitness News did reach out to Corasanti's attorney. As of this time, we were unable to reach him for a comment.