AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - Doctor James Corasanti will be punished professionally, for the drunk driving crash that killed 18-year-old Alix Rice. That's the word from the State Health Department.
Some people think Dr. James Corasanti's punishment is a slap on the wrist. He gets to keep practicing medicine, while enduring a series of penalties.
"They should've taken the license away from him," said Ferdinand Morales, a Cheektowaga resident.
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News 4 asked some residents in Corasanti's hometown of Amherst, and many don't think the State Board for Professional Medical Conduct went far enough. The board handed down a censure and reprimand with a $10,000 fine and probation for five years. While on probation, the physician shall only practice medicine when supervised by a licensed physician, a sobriety monitor and a therapist.
According to an attorney familiar with the case, none of them would have to be present at every medical procedure.
The medical attorney said, "That Practice Monitor would have to be aware of what he's doing, might have to periodically check in on what he's doing and would have to make sure that he is not working under the influence of alcohol, according to this consent order, even using alcohol."
Corasanti also must submit to random unannounced blood, breath or urine tests for presence of drugs or alcohol.
"I think he should lose his license because he should know better. He's a role model and a physician," said Laura Yates. "It should affect him like it's affecting the family of the deceased."
"Seeing the case, I know everyone wants to see justice and that a lot of people would probably say that he should get his license taken away, but what he did," said Jake Zaleski. "It doesn't pertain to his practice."
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