Utica native charged in fatal hit and run in Amherst

By WKTV and Associated Press

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Utica native and Buffalo-area physician is charged in connection with a fatal hit and run accident in Amherst.

Police arrested Dr. James Corasanti and charged him with drunken driving in the hit-and-run death of a young woman who was struck while skateboarding home from her job at a suburban pizzeria.

Police in Amherst tell Buffalo media outlets that 18-year-old Alexandria Rice was skateboarding on a road late Friday night when she was struck by a BMW driven by 55-year-old Dr. James Corasanti, then of Getzville.

Rice was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short time later.

Police later arrested Corsanti after tracking him down at a gas station.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. Corsanti is free on $100,000 bail. He and his attorney declined to comment to the newspaper.

Corasanti has pleaded not-guilty and is due back in court August 10. He is a 1973 graduate of Notre Dame High School and practices in Buffalo.

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