Doctor Charged with Manslaughter, Evidence Tampering in Fatal Hit and Run

September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM EDT

By John Borsa

September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WBKW) - Prominent local doctor James Corasanti was arraigned on several felony counts Thursday afternoon, just hours after an Erie County Grand Jury handed up an indictment naming Corasanti in a fatal hit and run case.

Corasanti pleaded not guilty before Erie County Court Judge Sheila DiTullio, who set bail at $250,000 and ordered the doctor to surrender his passport.

Corasanti was arrested over the summer for a July 18 fatal hit and run accident on Heim Road in Amherst.

Alexandria Rice, 18, was killed after she was struck by a car while riding a skateboard.

The indictment accuses Corasanti of leaving the scene and tampering with evidence.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said the doctor allegedly wiped blood and body tissue from his vehicle and deleted text messages from his cell phone following the incident.

It was also revealed in court that Corasanti's blood alcohol content was established through a blood test five hours after the incident as .10.

Toxicology experts predict the doctor's BAC at the time of the hit and run was somewhere in the range of .14 and .21 when the crash occurred.

Defense attorney Thomas Burton denied that Corasanti tampered with evidence and voluntarily gave custody of his vehicle to Amherst Police in the hours following Rice's death.