Suspended Syracuse firefighter to be charged in connection with deadly hit and run

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Syracuse firefighter who was suspended while police investigated allegations that he tampered with evidence surrounding a deadly hit-and-run has been formally charged.

Syracuse Police issued Edward Ackerman an appearance ticket for city court on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday on the charge of tampering with evidence, a class E felony.

A former District Attorney’s investigator, Peter Rauch, is facing charges including leaving the scene of a fatal crash in connection with the crash on North Salina Street.

The victim, 18-year-old Seth Collier, died two days after the crash.

Rauch was immediately fired from his job as an investigator at the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office and, shortly thereafter, he was fired by the Liverpool Police Department.

Ackerman and another man were found in the nearby Pastime Athletic Club.

Ackerman is on the board of the Pastime Athletic Club.

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.

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