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Jury in place for Corasanti trial to start Thursday

Dr. James G. Corasanti will go on trial beginning Thursday on charges he committed manslaughter and other crimes when his BMW fatally struck teenage skateboarder Alexandria "Alix" Rice in a hit-and-run incident last July in Amherst.

Four jurors were added Monday, the third day of jury selection, to complete the 12-member panel. Four alternates are scheduled to be picked today.

A Buffalo woman picked as a Corasanti juror was a hit-and-run victim two years ago while riding a bike. She promised, during questioning from defense lawyer Joel L. Daniels, to "look at facts before I judge."

A prospective juror who said his cousin was killed 15 years ago by a drunken driver was not among those selected.

"There's no question the doctor's vehicle struck this young lady," Daniels told prospective jurors.

The issue is whether the 56-year-old doctor from Getzville knew he struck her or should have known, Daniels said.

Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio has told jurors to prepare for a monthlong trial. She will preside over the trial four days a week; Wednesdays will be off days for the Corasanti trial, and DiTullio will attend to other cases.