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NY firefighter suspended amid hit-and-run investigation

Firefighter Edward Ackerman was suspended without pay hours after a 17-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene

Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Officials in Syracuse say a city firefighter has been suspended amid an investigation into a hit-and-run accident allegedly involving an investigator for the local district attorney’s office.

City officials announced Wednesday that Firefighter Edward Ackerman was suspended without pay on Tuesday, hours after a 17-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene. The exact reason for the suspension hasn’t been released.

Thirty-seven-year-old Peter Rauch, of Liverpool, was charged with leaving the scene of a serious personal injury accident. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail.

Rauch, an investigator for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, was fired by the DA after being charged.

Officials say Seth Michael Collier was crossing an intersection around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was struck by Rauch’s county-owned vehicle. He’s in critical condition at a Syracuse hospital.

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