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.