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Buffalo man involved in fatal hit-and-run in Syracuse

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Apr 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-02 15:23:56-04

A pharmaceutical salesman from Buffalo was involved in a hit-and-run involving an investigator with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, according to Syracuse.com.

The online news publication says Peter Rauch was driving his take-home DA's car at 1:30 a.m. on March 21 when he hit a pedestrian. A source told Syracuse.com that Benjamin Mahshie, 43, of Buffalo, was a passenger in Rauch's car at the time.

The source revealed to the publication that Rauch left the scene and the victim laying unconscious in the road with a life-threatening head injury.

The pedestrian, Seth Collier, died March 23.

According to Syracuse.com, the source says Mahshie and Syracuse firefighter Edward "Ted" Ackerman, who had been following behind Rauch in a truck, went inside Pastime Athletic Club. The two men did not respond to police officers banging on the club door, only about one block away from the scene, for almost an hour.

Police say Mahshie and Ackerman said they had been in club's basement playing games, but Mahshie eventually revealed Rauch was driving the car and hit the pedestrian, according to the source.

Court documents revealed Rauch's car was in the club's parking lot with his phone and work ID inside.

Neither Mahshie nor Ackerman have been charged.

The source tells Syracuse.com that the three men started at Pastime watching basketball on March 20 and drove to at least two bars before coming back to the area of the club.