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Dr. James Corasanti's civil trial underway

Chris Caya WBFO News

Attorneys for both sides in Dr. James Corasanti's civil trial  presented their opening statements to the jury Monday.
Attorney Terry Connors, who is representing Alexandria Rice's parents, said Rice was riding her long board in full control and that she was highly visible the night in July 2011 when she was struck and killed by Corasanti. Connors says the 18-year-old landed more than half a football field away from the point of impact.

"It was a horrible way to die. It was horrible way for anyone to die, and especially horrible for someone who was so young and had so much in front of her," Connors said.  
Corasanti's attorney, Richard Sullivan said it was a tragic accident and Rice died instantly. Sullivan said the jury will be asked to consider Rice's conduct, including the fact that she was texting.

Credit Chris Caya WBFO News
ALix's father, Richard Rice, during a break Monday in Corasanti's trial.

"The vehicle and traffic law requires individuals skateboarding, within a certain time after dusk and a certain time before dawn to wear reflective clothing," said Sullivan.

Sullivan said the case is all about money and he urged the jury to wait until "the end of day" before making any decision.