Witness Says Defendant Talked About Suicide

May 1, 2012 Updated May 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 1, 2012 Updated May 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM EDT

(Buffalo, NY) It is the fourth day of testimony in that case against Dr. James Corasanti from Getzville.

The doctor faces several felony charges in connection with the hit-and-run death of 18-year old Alexandria Rice last July

On Wednesday, Amherst Police testified about how they followed a trail of drips that led from the accident scene to the street where Dr. Corasanti lived.

Investigators say the impact broke a headlight washer hose that continued to drip until it ran out of fluid three house before Dr. Corasanti's.

The most dramatic testimony came from a neighbor who said Dr. Corasanti was so distraught after learning that he hit a person, that he made comments saying "I just want to end it."

Neighbors found the doctor walking alone after running from his home.

Laureen Corasanti, the doctor's wife, frantically asked for help from neighbors when she feared her husband might harm himself.

During the afternoon session, Amherst Police Lt. Ted Dinoto said he detected a "heavy, stale odor of alcohol" on the doctor's breath when he was taken into custody about 90 minutes after the accident.

Following his attorney's advice, Dr. Corasanti refused to take a breath test, forcing investigators to make a court-ordered blood draw five hours after the fatal accident.

Prosecutors says results show the doctor was still legally intoxicated.