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Five years later, where's Alix's Law?

Posted: 11:21 PM, May 25, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-26 13:20:35-04

It's been a long, frustrating fight for Elma Republican, Patrick Gallivan.

Once again, the bill he sponsored, has passed unanimously in the State Senate.  It is now in the hands of the Assembly, where it has stalled several times.

Alix's Law, named in memory of Alix Rice, would close a legal loophole, making it illegal to leave the scene of an accident while intoxicated.

Eighteen-year-old Alix was hit and killed in 2011 while Longboarding on Heim Road in Williamsville. The driver, Dr. James Corasanti, was only convicted of Common Law DWI, a misdemeanor. 

Corasanti claimed he didn't know he had hit anything the night of July 8, when he was driving home drunk from a golf outing at Transit Valley Country Club.

Gallivan is optimistic that after five failed attempts this is the year for Alix's Law. He says Crystal Peoples-Stokes is now sponsoring the bill in the Assembly. We reached out to her office for an update but haven't heard back.

The current legislative session wraps up the third week of June.