BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) When the verdict was read, Dr. Corasanti broke down in tears, hugged his defense team, and in the words of attorney Tom Burton said, "Thank you for being my friend."
Dr. Corasanti left court without making a comment, but his lawyers reaction to his acquittal on all the major charges was very subdued.
Attorney Tom Burton said, "There are no winners tonight. There is a family there that lost a loved one, and we believe the jury understood this for what it was, a tragic, horrible accident."
To the Rice family, the defense said, "We now have an opportunity on behalf of the doctor, and his family, to extend condolences to the young lady who died here, no one is leaving here with any great joy
From the beginning, the defense team argued that physical evidence would play a major role in determining this case.
The defense talked about the scene of the accident, pointing out a gouge about one foot inside the bike lane on Heim Road, that became a major focus.
Prosecutors said it was the "point of impact" caused when Dr. Corasanti hit Alex Rice from behind on her skateboard.
Defense reconstruction expert David Liske challenged that theory, saying white paint found on the the front wheels of the longboard proved the Alix Rice had swerved partially into the driving lane when she was struck.
The defense also emphasized that lighting conditions were poor and Alix rode her longboard in a way that made her hard to see.
The defense expert admitted that Dr. Corasanti was speeding, doing nearly 40 MPH in a 35 MPH zone.
As to why the doctor didn't stop, the defense team continually reminded the jury that Dr. Corasanti's luxury BMW had special shock and sound absorbing construction which minimized the impact.
Defense attorney Joel Daniels said, "When you looked at all the evidence carefully, the jury came up with the right decision."