ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Hit and run drivers could soon face much tougher penalties, with the passage of "Alix's Law."
The state moved one step closer to making big changes in a law that currently allows drunk drivers to flee the scene of an accident they caused and get away with it.
Alix's Law was sent to the state Assembly after the senate gave it their stamp of approval. The law was named in honor of 18-year-old skateboarder Alexandria Rice, who was struck and killed on Heim Road last July.
Dr. James Corasanti was found guilty of DWI but acquitted of all the felony charges.
Alix's law would close the loophole so that drunk drivers would be held responsible for leaving the scene of an accident, even if they said they didn't know they hit someone or something. Right now prosecutors have to prove the driver knew.
State Senator Patrick Gallivan wants to shift the burden of proof onto the defendant.
Earlier this month, Gallivan said, "That says either you have to know or have reason to know or if you are operating in violation of the vehicle and traffic law that relate to driving while intoxicated or impaired."
Authorities say 21-year-old Alex Mercado violently shook a 3-month-old baby boy and caused bleeding around the little boy's brain, bruising on the ribs, substantial pain and blindness.
Firefighters got to a blaze on Buffalo’s east side as quickly as possible, but the snowy conditions slowed them down.
A van turned into a ball of flames early Wednesday morning on Kenmore Avenue and Military Road in Kenmore.
Buffalo firefighters faced tough weather conditions while fighting a fire on Briscoe Avenue late Tuesday night.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office will be announcing information Wednesday about the 2013 fiscal recoveries in the Western District of New York.
Police say the driver, who was charged with driving while intoxicated, has been arrested three times in the past nine months.