Doctor Was Texting Before Fatal Crash

May 8, 2012 Updated May 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 8, 2012 Updated May 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) On day number eight of the vehicular manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti, cell phone records show the doctor was sending text messages in the time leading up to the fatal crash that took the life of Alexandria Rice.

The 18-year old teenager was killed on July 8, 2011 when she was hit by Dr. Corasanti's BMW as he drove westbound on Heim Road in Amherst

Defense attorneys for the doctor argued during opening statements that the Getzville physician did not see the girl as she rode a longboard down the side of Heim Road around 11:20pm.

The cell phone records indicate there was a flurry of text messages sent and received from the doctor's phone starting before 11pm.

At 11:19pm, Dr. Corasanti sent a single text message, and then he sent two more at 11:23pm.

Police believe the fatal accident occurred around 11:20pm.

After the accident, AT&T records show that Dr. Corasanti tried to call someone at 11:40pm.

The cell phone records capped off a day that saw an extensive cross-examination of Amherst Police Investigator Kevin Murphy.

The defense team is trying to convince the jury that the doctor's expensive BMW included special crash-absorbing and sound-dampening materials, which minimized the force, and sound, of the impact.

Investigator Murphy was asked questions about several pieces of evidence including Dr. Corasanti's BMW, a "foul smelling" rag taken from the doctor's trash, and drips that led from the scene of the crash to the street where Dr. Corasanti lived.