Corasanti Trial Reveals Flurry Of Text Messages Before Crash

May 9, 2012 Updated May 9, 2012 at 8:52 AM EDT

By WKBW News

May 9, 2012 Updated May 9, 2012 at 8:52 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – The prosecution is claiming Dr. James Corasanti was sending not one, but a flurry of text messages just before he hit victim Alexandria Rice. The defense said Rice was also texting at the time of the crash.

Phone records show both Corasanti and Rice sent a text message just seconds before the crash. Rice’s message was to her father.
Corasanti’s message was to a local number that he was in contact with throughout the night. It was also revealed in court that a phone was confiscated from a woman who worked with Corasanti. The relevance of that phone has not been released in court.

An Amherst Police Officer who took the stand also said that it can’t be determined if Rice had her phone in her hand at the time of impact.

“Not once, not sending one quick message at a red light. No. This defendant was texting multiple people, texting friends from work and friends in Florida, back and forth,” Assistant District Attorney James Bargnasi said earlier in opening statements.

During the testimony, the defense also questioned the Amherst Police Officer about the construction and damage to Corasanti’s BMW. They claim the luxury vehicle was equipped with special crash and sound-absorbing materials, which would minimize the force of impact for Corasanti.

There is a break in the trial, Wednesday which will resume on Thursday at the Erie County Courthouse.