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Forensic audiologists could help civil trial

With the upcoming civil trial of Dr. James Corasanti on the horizon, I wish to point out what I believe to be a salient factor. From what I could glean from press coverage of the first trial, the jury appeared to believe that Corasanti did not know he hit someone and that, in effect, his expensive car was soundproof. That is impossible.

In order to be soundproof, a structure must exist on its own base. Even a room used to test hearing is not soundproof, but sound-treated.

If in fact his car was so sound-impenetrable, how could he hear a car horn, an ambulance, a police siren or a motorcycle? Was his car ever tested for the amount of outside noise admitted? Was the noise of the accident, reportedly perceived by several neighbors, and their distance ever measured? And was the noise level of the car hitting a person the weight mass of Alix Rice ever assessed?

I think it is important to realize that there are experts in the field of noise level determination who are routinely utilized in legal and civil trials. They are called forensic audiologists. I hope these experts serve a role in the civil trial.

Marshall Duguay

Buffalo