Doctor Accused of Driving Drunk, Killing Teen in Court

August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 7:16 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 7:16 PM EDT


Amherst, NY (WKBW) - Family and friends of 18-year old Alexandria Rice filled the Amherst Town Court Wednesday to see the man accused of taking the teen's life. Dr. James Corasanti, 55, is charged with D.W.I. and Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident. Investigators say Corasanti was driving drunk back in July when he struck the 18-year-old while she was skateboarding along Heim
Road. Police claim the doctor then fled the scene. Detectives later located the 55-year-old at a gas station on Millersport Highway and found his BMW at his home in Getzville. Corasanti's Attorney Joel Daniels says his client is looking forward to telling his side of the story during a trial.

"We're not here to duck any questions," said Daniel. "We just don't think it would be appropriate for us to comment on any of the evidence."

Corasanti waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Amherst Town Court Wednesday and his case will now move to an Erie County Grand Jury. Corasanti remains free on $100,000 bail.