Local members of the State Assembly are renewing a call for the enactment of Alix’s Law, which would close a legal loophole for drunk drivers fleeing the scene of an accident.
The bill was drafted after a drunk driver killed 18-year-old Alix Rice, who was on her longboard, and fled the scene on July 8, 2011. It would close the current law’s loophole that only requires drivers to report an accident when they know or have reason to know the accident resulted in an injury or property damage. In Rice’s case, Dr. James Corasanti, the driver, was convicted of DWI but acquitted of all felony charges. Corasanti argued that his level of intoxication prevented him from realizing any injury or damages occurred.
The bipartisan group of Assembly members, including Jane Corwin, John Ceretto, Raymond Walter, David DiPietro, Joseph Giglio and Michael Kearns, was joined by Rice’s mother, Tammy Schueler.
The bill was passed by the State Senate in May but is now in the Assembly’s Transportation Committee. The local delegation hopes Speaker Sheldon Silver will allow it to come to the floor for a vote.