Doctor Accused of Vehicular Manslaughter in Court

March 5, 2012 Updated Mar 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

March 5, 2012 Updated Mar 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM EDT

(Buffalo, NY) Doctor James Corasanti was back in Erie County Court to hear rulings on several matters concerning evidence.

The doctor is charged with vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, and evidence tampering connected to the 'hit-n-run' death of 18-year old Alexandria Rice on July 18, 2010.

Prosecutors claim the doctor was intoxicated and texting when he hit the teenager with his BMW, as she rode a long-board on the side of Heim Road in Amherst just before 11:30pm

But the defense argued that toxicology reports showed Rice had marijuana in her system, and she was riding the long-board in a crouched position without reflective clothing

"It was an accident. It was late. It happened at night. it was dark," says Defense Attorney Joey Daniels

The defense asked the court to throw out the charges, claiming the doctor's actions were not "criminally reckless."

Erie County Court Judge Sheila DiTullio has reserved decision on that motion, but she did rule on several important matters concerning discovery issues.

The defense will have access to a data packet with the victim's blood information

Crime scene reconstruction data will also be shared.

In regards to Alexandria Rice's medical and health records, Judge DiTullio wants to review them first to determine if any of them are "relevant to the prosecution."