On August 4th, 2018 – The Alix Rice Peace Park was officially opened to the public in honor of a beautiful life cut too short. This was a small victory for Tammy Schueler, who lost her daughter Alix to a drunk driver back in 2011. James Corasanti was involved in the accident that killed 18-year-old Alexandria “Alix” Rice. Corasanti, who is a doctor in Western New York, was driving his BMW late at night on Heim Road in Getzville when he struck her.
According to NYSDWI.com, Alix was skateboarding on her way home from her night job at a pizzeria. Skateboarding was something she was extremely passionate about, and her presence meant so much to the community around her. Corasanti was sent to jail for the DWI conviction but he was found not guilty for some of the other more serious charges, including manslaughter. He was sentenced to one year imprisonment, but was released from custody after eight months, serving two-thirds of his sentence. After his release, he resumed his medical practice in WNY.
To see more of the Alix Rice Peace Park, watch Curious Rabbit Media’s coverage of the grand opening HERE