One Family's Crusade | News
BUFFALO, NY - DWI crashes have made headlines lately. Two involving the loss of teenagers. 18-year old Alix Rice was killed after Dr. James Corasanti -- who was convicted of being drunk at the time -- hit her while she rode her longboard on Heim Road last July. Corasanti was acquitted on most charges -- but found guilty on a drunk driving charge. He will be sentenced next week.
In May, 14-year old Bryce Bucholtz was hit and killed while he was riding his bicycle. The Lancaster Middle School student was headed home on his favorite orange bike when he was hit and left on the side of Lake Avenue. The driver of the car, 23 year old Michael Ettipio was drunk at the time. In fact, his blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit. He pled guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter and will be sentenced on september 13th.
Stories like these, of young lives lost are incredibly sad, but sadly not exactly new. 14-years ago it was Karen Kwiatkowski.
Karen was riding in a car with her friend, when a drunk driver hit them head on. Karen died. She was just 18 years old. Her sister, Deanna Russo continues her mission of trying to prevent this crime. For the past five years, she has been holding an event called CAID at the Park. (Crusade against Impaired Drivers). This year's event is Saturday, August 11th.
Sixteen teams will take part in a softball tournament -- those not playing can cheer the teams on -- take part in a chicken bbq -- kids zone and other events. It takes place at Sunshine Park on East and West Road in West Seneca. Members of the Rice and Bucholtz families will be at the event.
You can find more information at http://www.caidonline.com/