Fired DA investigator pleads guilty to deadly hit and run

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Peter Rauch, the former investigator with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, has plead guilty to the death of 18-year-old Seth Collier.

In Onondaga County Court, Rauch admitted to the leaving the scene of a fatal crash and vehicular manslaughter. 

The vehicular manslaughter charge includes his admission to driving drunk the night of March 21, the night he hit and killed Collier.

The hit and run happened on North Salina Street. Rauch admits to leaving the scene, with Collier's body laying in the street, and then ditching his District Attorney's Office-issued vehicle in the parking lot of the Pastime Athletic Club.

Collier died from his injuries two days later. Rauch was fired from his job in the District Attorney's office shortly after his arrest.

As part of the plea agreement, Rauch faces 2-to-6 years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.

Rauch was not taken into custody, and after leaving court, was forced to walk by a group of friends and family of Seth Collier's, as they shouted "Justice for Seth."

Despite numerous questions asked by reporters, Rauch stayed silent.

Rauch will be sentenced on November 17.

Former Syracuse firefighter Edward "Ted" Ackerman is also facing charges in connection with the hit and run. Ackerman is accused of tampering with evidence in the case. Special prosecutor Greg Oakes declined comment on Ackerman's case.

Investigators accused Ackerman of unplugging surveillance cameras outside of the Pastime Athletic Club in an attempt to conceal video that showed Rauch's vehicle entering and parking at the club.


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