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No arrests in fatal hit-and-run investigations in Saugerties, New Paltz – Daily Freeman

Weeks after Starllie Swonyoung and nearly two weeks Raymond E. Rattray were struck and killed by hit-and-run drivers in Saugerties and New Paltz, no arrests have been made.

Starllie Swonyoung

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, Swonyoung, 21, of Saugerties, a student at SUNY Purchase, was fatally struck from behind by a southbound vehicle as she and a friend walked along the southbound shoulder of U.S. Route 9W between the village of Saugerties and the hamlet of Malden at about 5:10 p.m. The investigation is being handled by Saugerties police who were awaiting results from evidence collected at the scene and sent to the Westchester County Crime Lab for analysis, Police Chief Robert Nuzzo said last week.

Two weeks later, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, Rattray, 22, of New York City, a student at SUNY New Paltz, was struck and killed on state Route 208 near the SUNY New Paltz campus. Last week, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the investigation, said they were “confident” they would have “enough evidence gathered to present our findings to the district attorney’s office for a successful prosecution.”

Raymond E. Rattray (Provided)
Raymond E. Rattray (Provided)

On Monday, Lt. Joseph Sciutto said the Sheriff’s Office had no update to share on the investigation and Nuzzo did not respond to an email seeking additional information.

Rattray “was walking home from class on Route 208 on the shoulder of the south bound lane and was struck by a dark colored sedan traveling south,” police have said. His body was found the next day about 20 feet from the road. The “vehicle fled the scene” but “sustained damage to the front-end on the passenger side,” according to a press release.

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