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Teen Victim of Syracuse Hit and Run Dies

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — More than three days after becoming the victim of a hit-and-run on Syracuse’s north side, 18-year-old Seth Collier has died.

Collier’s sister wrote of his passing in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon, saying “mom dad and I will love and miss you EVERY DAY of our lives. Words cannot describe how much you mean to me, you’ve been my best friend since day one.”

The Collier family also released a statement saying that they will donate Collier’s organs so that he may live on and help others. They thanked the community for its support.

Support continued to build Thursday. At the scene of the hit-and-run community members began hanging ‘Justice for Seth’ signs.

“I think it’s the right thing to do,” one community member said.

They aren’t the only ones who returned to Salina and Bear streets Thursday. Law enforcement also came to the scene, continuing the investigation that so far has resulted in Peter Rauch being charged with leaving the scene of a serious personal injury accident. He posted bail shortly after being arraigned Wednesday, but could face additional charges with Collier’s death.

“That throws this case into a whole new ballpark,” Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Don Kelly said. “You may see that Mr. Rauch is re-arrested on more serious offenses.”

Part of that could depend the circumstances leading up to the crash. The owner of Twin Trees Too on Milton Avenue tells Spectrum News that Syracuse Police were at his restaurant reviewing surveillance footage. He said Rauch was drinking at the restaurant before the accident.

A candlelight vigil is planned Friday to remember Seth. It will take place at the scene of the accident, on Salina and Bear streets, at 6 p.m.


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