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Firefighter at fatal crash scene charged last year no stranger to hit-and-runs


Firefighting News reported March 23 that a Syracuse firefighter was at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash involving a DA’s investigator last week.

The hit-and-run left victim 18-year-old Seth Collier in critical condition on the street as Edward “Ted” Ackerman, a Syracuse firefighter, turned a blind eye and went into a club to continue his evening.

Syracuse.com is now reporting Ackerman is no stranger to hit-and-run accidents.

According to police and court records, Ackerman crashed his pickup truck into a utility pole Jan. 22, 2016.

The crash knocked down the pole, pulling down wires and ripping siding off a nearby house, Trooper Jack Keller said. The crash was in front of a home near Westbrook Hills Drive.

Ackerman drove away from the crash in his 2015 GMC Sierra pickup truck, according to court records.

State police were notified two weeks later, after Ackerman filed a claim with his insurance carrier stating he had caused the accident, Keller said.

Ackerman told police he’d driven off the road to avoid hitting a deer, Keller said.

Ackerman was charged with two violations — leaving the scene of a property damage accident and driving across a hazard marking.

He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of a parking violation and paid a fine of $175, according to Onondaga Town Court records.

After police responded to the Collier hit-and-run March 22, they knocked on the door of Pastime Athletic Club — where Akerman is the president. According to the source, officers knocked loudly for nearly an hour before Ackerman and another witness answered. The men told police they’d been playing games in the basement.

The driver of the hit-and-run, Peter Rauch, is facing a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Neither Ackerman nor the other witness has been charged.

The 18-year-old victim is not so lucky — he passed away two days after the accident.

Syracuse.com reports the city suspended Ackerman without pay from his firefighter’s job after the crash.

District Attorney William Fitzpatrick fired Rauch from his job as DA’s investigator after the hit-and-run. Rauch was also fired from his part-time job as a Liverpool police officer.

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