AMHERST, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Along Heim Road in Amherst a sign posted at the crash site where 18 year old Alexandria Rice was killed speaks volumes about a verdict that has left a community shattered.
The sign which reads,"Rot in Hell Doctor Death, Shame on You, Rest in Peace Alix," was posted anonymously shortly after the verdict was issued.
Evyn Steinberg went to school with Alexandria at Williamsville North and she along with other classmates came to the crash site to try and make sense of it all.
"I believe that he should have been guilty for everything I mean he killed her and I can't even believe that he didn't get the murder charge," said Steinberg.
"I just couldn't believe it. I've been following the case and I just don't understand. It just seemed like everything....he was making an excuse for everything that had happened," commented Sandi Vaneverdingen.
Outside of the Erie County Courthouse the reaction was not much different with people feeling like this was a miscarriage of justice.
"He got away with murder and I just think that's a wrong precedent that you could go out drinking and driving you have all the evidence and something happened," said Julianna Butlin.
"I was very surprised by it but it is the American jury system that we may not always like the results of it but it's a system that usually works and this time we're not happy with the results ,"said Kevin Phillips.
"I'm stunned absolutely stunned, I'm shocked. I thought for sure he'd get something but I guess not," said Michael Thomas.
The incident has many questioning the simple theory of what's right and what's wrong and consequences but most of all questioning the jury's motives.
"I'm pretty sure they might have thought he's a wealthy guy probably keep living, why bother sticking him in jail." said Steinberg.
"Last night my son and I were talking about you know if something happens and you get in an accident that you stop and you see if the other person is okay and I just don't know how to explain this to my children," said Vaneverdingen.