Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – Doctor James Corasanti was found not guilty on all felony charges in the hit and run case of Alexandria Rice. Now, the estate of Rice has filed a civil suit against him.
Attorneys said the civil case has been slowed down because of the criminal proceedings. Now that the criminal case is over, things will be back on track.
At this time, the family said they do not hate Corasanti, but they don’t feel justice has been served.
“Every morning since Alix died, you wake up from sleep and sometimes it catches in your throat the second you wake up, she's gone,” mother Tammy Shueler said.
This case has sparked outrage in the community. Now, jurors in the trial are speaking out about what they want the public to know.
They said there were many claims against Corasanti that just didn’t pan out in their eyes. They said the white paint on Alix’s long board proved that she swerved into the road causing the accident, not the doctor.
Jurors also said that they had no confidence in the blood alcohol test on the doctor that took place nearly two hours after the incident. One juror also said that according to law to convict, Corasanti would have to have known that he hit Alix at the time of impact. He said they believed Corasanti when he took the stand, denying he knew he had hit a person.
The jurors we spoke to said it was one of the hardest decisions of their lives.
“Many of us had trouble sleeping at night going over the facts in the case that were presented to us. I've heard so many things saying that we're idiots and heartless and that money bought this trial. This was the hardest decision of our lives. When we got back to the jury room there were women still crying and shaking,” One Juror said.
In terms of the evidence tampering charge, jurors simply say that there was not enough evidence presented by the prosecution. Prosecutors claimed that not only did the doctor leave the scene, but that he also attempted to clean up his damaged BMW.
Although Corasanti was not convicted of the felony charges, he was found guilty of a misdemeanor DWI charge. He will be sentenced for that crime in August. The doctor could face up to a year behind bars.