Former DA Investigator accused in serious hit and run released on bail

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A former Onondaga County District Attorney’s office investigator accused in a hit-and-run that left a victim in critical condition is free after posting bail.

Peter Rauch – who has also served as a Liverpool Police officer – pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of a serious crash, a felony.

Oswego County Assistant District Attorney Mark Moody says Rauch may be a flight risk.

His bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Rauch’s license has been suspended, and he’s been ordered to surrender his passport.

According to court documents, Rauch was traveling south in a vehicle registered to the DA's office when he struck the victim, who was walking in the street.

The owner of Singer's karaoke bar in Solvay says video surveillance shows Rauch having a few beers at the bar and then leaving. 

The owner says he was there for about an hour, and police have taken the surveillance footage as evidence. 

The victim suffered "life threatening injuries," which included cranial hemorrhaging and a puncture wound to the right hamstring.

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.

The 17-year-old victim is in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital.

DA Bill Fitzpatrick told NewsChannel 9 that Rauch had been arrested by Syracuse Police.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to this young man’s family," Fitzpatrick said.

He has been suspended from his position as a part-time Liverpool Police Officer.

 


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