Dealer Pulls Dr. Corasanti's Car From Its Inventory | News
ORCHARD PARK, NY - A local car dealer said on Friday, that it has removed from its inventory, the car driven by Dr. James Corasanti on the night he struck and killed Alix Rice.
As Channel 2 News reported Thursday, the car had been for sale at the Jim Ball Dealership in Orchard Park.
The low mileage, 2010 BMW 750 was listed for sale at for just under $63,000.
Using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), Two On Your Side obtained a Car Fax report on the vehicle, which indicated it had been offered for sale by Jim Ball for two nearly months.
It also indicated it had been involved in an accident, in which the airbag had been deployed and in which the car was damaged, on July 8th of 2011, the night Alix Rice was struck and killed on Hiem road in Amherst.
You'll remember the car's damaged front bumper and hood, that's been removed and replaced, was used as evidence in Doctor Corasanti's trial last year.
Corasanti was convicted of common law DWI in the crash, but acquitted of all other charges and is now serving time in prison.
A sales manager at Jim Ball confirmed for us the car offered for sale was indeed Corasanti's car. But he also claimed that the dealership was unaware of that, maintaining that it came in on a consignment, that Jim Ball never held the title, and that because it was leased by Corasanti, the title ---held by a bank --would not have indicated that it was Corasanti's car.
He also said that after getting solid confirmation just last night of the car's dubious history, they decided they wanted no part in selling it, and to return it to the consigner (whom he would not name).
By Friday morning the vehicle had been removed from the dealership's inventory on its web site, and was, according to the sales manager, taken off the lot entirely.
That was disappointing news to Roland Neuffer of Orchard Park, who showed up at Jim Ball to inquire about buying the car.
Neuffer thought it might make an interesting addition to his collection of nearly a dozen other vehicles, along with thousands of other items he keeps in a personal museum....where each of the items he collects has a story behind them.
"I think, had I bought it, I would have masked (the cars history) to all but a few close friends with whom I might share the details," Neuffer told WGRZ-TV. "You wouldn't;t want to flaunt it because I think that could subject you to retribution from the wrong element."
The car will likely find a new owner, but according to the sales manager at Jim Ball, due the stigma attached to the car, it probably won't be sold to anyone in Western New York.
Through their attorney Terry Connors, the Rice family declined comment. Connors also told us the sale of the car had no bearing on the families pending civil suit against Corasanti, because it was leased and therefore couldn't be considered Corasanti's personal asset.
Click on the video player to watch our report from 2 On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalist Norm Fisher. Follow Dave on Twitter: @DaveMcKinley2