Just like with so many other Topix posts, many here are missing the point. Is the accident tragic? Of course. However, to place complete culpability with the doctor alone would be a miscarriage of justice. Before you go off on an emotional tangent, consider the following:
I followed this from day one. There is a vast amount of testimony the prosecution didn't enter in the trial. Why? They knew the accident is tragic but they also knew they cannot convict the doctor because a sober person could have done the same thing. Consider some of the circumstances:
Did you know Alix was a "cutter"?
Did you know Alix as a FB page that states she wanted to die doing something wild?
Did you know she's been treated for emotional/mental disorders?
How smart is it to ride your skateboard after dark on a road that isn't well lit while wearing dark clothing and texting while skateboarding?
While many of you will blindly object to her culpability in her own death, the line has to be drawn. I have nothing against Alix. She's just a kid who made some very poor choices.
The doctor made several poor choices as well. He was also texting while driving and had been drinking. We'll never know his BAC at the time of the accident but the prosecution didn't present a single witness as to how many drinks he had, nor did they compel his wife to testify as to his condition. Also, they didn't present the first police officer the doctor spoke with. Why not? There were problems with this case from the start.
It didn't take great lawyering for the jury to decide this case. It is a tragic loss but to blame it all on the doctor is incorrect.
Locally, we saw the same thing with the death of Deputy Wyman. He was told by a superior officer to stay back because he didn't have a long gun, but he ignored that order and ran in and got himself killed. Yet, many want to blame Patterson for the entire mess and that's simply not correct. He will be released on appeal one day.
There is a fine line between responsibility and justice. Many do not understand the two are mutually exclusive.
I hope the Rice family is able to find peace. Vengeance never delivered peace.
#85 Aug 17, 2012
I am not missing the point at all - a tragedy is when a terrible accident happens, NOT when an arrogant, heartless rich guy gets hammered at TRANSIT VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB during Martini-Palooza. Then this POS gets in his beamer and is texting his shack-up so drunk and horny that he cant see straight. So he kills a poor kid and leaves her to die at the side of the road like an animal. You must be related to Jimmy to defend him so much!
Since: Aug 11
#86 Aug 17, 2012
I don't think Erie County Correctional Facility will agree with him. Going from Surf & Turf with a nice bottle of wine to a grey baloney sandwich with fruit punch is a hell of a comedown. The bastard deserves to get tuned up while there and to ake some new friends.
#88 May 4, 2013
Now the "Killer" Corasanti's out of jail, I think the general public would like to know where the POS is practing medicine again. People should avois doing business with any practice that would hire a drunk doctor.
I wonder how many times he performed procedures drunk?? People should get hold of their medical records and find out!!
Shame on his "professional" colleagues who let him do procedures drunk and covered for him.
Also shame on NYS Education Department for not totally pulling his medical license.
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