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December 19, 2012

Driver in fatal hit-and-run offered plea


Niagara Gazette — “He acknowledged striking something, but he didn’t know what he’d struck,” Traffic Officer James VanEgmond said. “He chose not to stay (at the crash scene). Only he knows why he didn’t choose to stop.”

Maikranz’s claim that he didn’t know he had hit a person is the same line of defense that was used by Dr. James Corasanti,who was accused of striking and killing a young skateboarder in Amherst. Corasanti and his defense team argued to a jury that he knew he “had hit something,” but didn’t know what and kept on driving.

An Erie County Court jury acquitted Corasanti of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree vehicular manslaughter and found him guilty of only a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

Niagara County District Attorney Michael Violante said he was not surprised that Maikranz used what is becoming known as the“Corasanti Defense.”

Maikranz was arrested two weeks after the crash at his girlfriend’s Town of Niagara home. His heavily damaged 1997 Chrysler Sebring convertible was in the garage next to the residence.

Investigators said it appeared that Maikranz was trying to repair the vehicle at the time of his arrest.

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