Stand Up, Corasanti
Deadly doc should admit to wrongdoings and stop wasting our time
Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 19:11
Should Corasanti confess to committing the hit and run accident?
Nothing hurts more than seeing a young life filled with potential snuffed out. It happens entirely too often in an advanced society like ours, with motor vehicle accidents leading the causes of teenage deaths in the U.S.
Dr. James Corasanti probably knows this fact all too well by this point. Last July he was driving home from a golfing event when he hit something in the road. Alexandria Rice was in the bicycle lane on her skateboard, coming home from a party.
At that point, if you take Corasanti's word for it, a terrible accident transpired. She was "crouching down" and not wearing reflective clothing, and he couldn't see her. She was also high on marijuana and had posted some depressed comments on Facebook.
Of course, if you're drinking that brand of Kool-Aid, you're not taking the facts into account.
What Corasanti and his snake of a lawyer don't say are the facts surrounding the doctor's relaxing late night drive.
After Corasanti hit Rice, she was thrown 60 feet onto someone's lawn. He then sped off, fleeing the scene of the accident. Arriving home, he decided that the smart thing to do would be to wipe off the blood and flesh from his car and delete text messages.
Why delete text messages, you ask? Well the messages he was deleting were sent while he was speeding down the road, so they would be awfully incriminating.
Corisanti did call the police, only after waiting 90 minutes. As many EMTs will tell you, when a life threatening injury is involved, every minute is vital.
Why would a doctor, who surely knows this, wait so long to get help for someone he smashed into?
His meeting with the cops later tells that story. Officers on the scene noticed he smelled of booze and had glassy eyes. Corisanti refused to take a blood test to confirm his alcohol levels, and was forced to do so by court order.
The reading came back at .10 BAC. Most people in the state of New York know that the legal limit is .08, and Corisanti was well over that level five hours after the incident. Estimates put his BAC at the time of the accident near three times the legal limit.
All Corisanti had to do was call an ambulance right when he hit Rice, and a life might have been saved. All he had to do was call a cab and a life would have been saved.
The people who saw him leaving the party completely trashed could have stopped him from leaving. Any number of things could have happened and an 18-year-old girl would be at college right now instead of in a grave.
Without a doubt, Corasanti should have his license revoked for the rest of his life, regardless of whether he gets significant prison time or not. It doesn't matter that he might need his car to get around; he's proven that he's not fit to drive, especially considering this isn't even his first time drinking and driving.
Dr. Corisanti, stop blaming the innocent victim of your criminally reckless actions and stand up like a man and stand in front of judgment. It's the least you could do for the memory of the person you killed.