Fired DA investigator accused in deadly hit and run free on bail again

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A former Onondaga County District Attorney’s office investigator accused of striking and killing a teenager on North Salina Street and fleeing the scene is once again free after posting bail.

Peter Rauch’s bail was increased from $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond to $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond on Friday when he was re-arraigned on a new charge.

Initially charged with leaving the scene of a serious accident, Rauch is now facing an enhanced felony charge, leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

He pleased not guilty to the new charge on Friday morning in city court.

Prosecutors asked that his bail be set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond, but the judge ruled to increase it even more.

Seth Collier was walking on North Salina Street early Tuesday morning when he was allegedly hit by Rauch, who was driving a vehicle registered to the DA’s office.

The court documents indicate that Rauch and a passenger continued south on North Salina without stopping to help the victim and without calling for help.

Although the alleged hit-and-run occurred on North Salina Street, the car was abandoned in a back lot of the Pastime Athletic Club, according to law enforcement.

Collier was walking home from a night shift at Burger King at the time of the accident.

Because of Rauch’s relationship with the Onondaga County DA’s office, Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes is prosecuting the case.

A city firefighter, Edward Ackerman, is also under investigation in connection with the incident.

Ackerman – who is on the board of the Pastime Athletic Club – has been suspended without pay.

On Tuesday night, NewsChannel 9 reported that the Syracuse Police Department was investigating the possible tampering of surveillance video confiscated as evidence in Tuesday morning's hit-and-run on the city's North Side.


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