Syracuse teen police say hit by D.A.'s office investigator dies

SYRACUSE | Ken Sturtz

Seth Collier, 18, of Syracuse, was hospitalized after a hit-and-run early Tuesday on the North Side of Syracuse. Collier died Thursday. Peter J. Rauch, 37, of Liverpool, was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident with serious physical injuries. He was an investigator with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office but was fired Tuesday hours after the crash. (Provided photo)
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- An 18-year-old who was critically injured early Tuesday in a hit-and-run on the city's North Side has died.

Seth Collier died Thursday afternoon, according to Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes, who has been named as a special prosecutor in the case.

Collier was walking at North Salina and Bear streets around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was hit by a car that did not stop, police said. He was rushed to Upstate University Hospital where he had remained since.

His sister had previously said Collier was being kept alive on life support so loved ones could say goodbye and his organs could be donated.

Collier's family released a statement following his death Thursday saying he had been surrounded by loved ones.

"We thank all our friends and family and many individuals who we never knew for their support and prayers," the statement said. "So that Seth may live on and help others, we are donating his organs." Continue reading

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