Bail for Amherst Doctor Set at $250,000 | News
BUFFALO, N.Y. - An Amherst doctor has pleaded not guilty in connection with a hit and run crash that claimed the life of a Williamsville teenager.
Dr. James Corasanti appeared in Erie County Court Thursday afternoon to be arraigned on charges of vehicular manslaughter and manslaughter, as well as leaving the scene of an incident without reporting resulting in death and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.
Dr. Corasanti is also accused of removing the victim's blood and body tissue from his vehicle and by allegedly deleting text messages from his cell phone.
The doctor's attorney, Joel Daniels, said this to the court about his client,"He is a healer. He saves lives. If he knew he hit someone that night he would have stopped his car."
Corasanti has until 5 PM Friday to post the $250,000 bail set by Judge Sheila DiTullio.
18-year-old Alexandria Rice was allegedly hit by Corasanti while she was skateboarding on the shoulder of Heim Road last July. The grand jury charges that he was driving drunk at the time and took off after striking the teen.
The doctor faces a maximum of 23 years in prison if convicted on all charges and should the sentences be imposed consecutively.