EXCLUSIVE: Video shows night of drinking before DA investigator hit and killed teenager

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It’s been one year since 18-year-old Seth Collier was walking home from work when his path crossed with a drunk Peter Rauch in his District Attorney Office-issued car.

At the time, Rauch was drunk twice the legal limit after consuming at least 16 drinks with two friends at three different bars that night.

Rauch was with then-Syracuse Firefighter Ted Ackerman and a third friend, who won’t be named because he was never charged with a crime.

Greg Oakes, the special prosecutor in the case, released surveillance videos exclusively to NewsChannel 9 that show Rauch and his friends’ night of partying. 

The group started their drinking around 4 p.m. at the Pastime Athletic Club on North Salina Street, then drank more at Twin Trees Too on Milton Avenue before going to Singer’s Karaoke in Solvay.

After getting behind the wheel around 1 a.m., Rauch hit Collier and then drove away. He ditched his car at the Pastime Athletic Club, just a block away, before running away.

Collier died in the hospital a few days later.

Rauch admitted to vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene. He will spend two to six years in prison.

Ackerman, who was initially charged with tampering with evidence, was cleared by a grand jury of any legal wrongdoing.

He’s still fighting to get is job back with the Syracuse Fire Department.

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