Ulster County Sheriff Seeks Public’s Help in Identifying Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed SUNY New Paltz Student
Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa is appealing to the community for assistance in bringing the perpetrator responsible for the tragic hit-and-run incident to justice. The incident occurred on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, along Route 208 in New Paltz, between Hawk Drive and Cross Creek Road, at around 5:10 PM.
According to Sheriff Figueroa, his deputies swiftly responded to a report of an individual found lifeless on the side of the road. Upon arrival, they discovered the victim, identified as 22-year-old Raymond Rattray, a resident of New York City and a student at SUNY New Paltz, lying approximately 20 feet from the roadway. The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office has initiated an investigation into this tragic car versus pedestrian accident.
The initial findings of the investigation suggest that Rattray was walking home from his class at around 5:10 PM, using the shoulder of the southbound lane of Route 208. It was during this time that a dark sedan, traveling in the same direction, struck him. The vehicle, which suffered damage to its passenger side, callously fled the scene, leaving Rattray behind.
To ensure a thorough investigation, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office is collaborating with several law enforcement agencies, including the State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, State Police BCI, the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, SUNY New Paltz Police, and the Town of New Paltz Police Department.
This heartbreaking incident has left the community in shock, and Sheriff Figueroa is urging anyone with information regarding the hit-and-run driver or the dark sedan involved to come forward. Any details, no matter how insignificant they may seem, could be crucial in bringing justice to Rattray’s grieving family and holding the responsible party accountable for their actions.
The location of the incident, Route 208, is a well-traveled road in the Town of New Paltz. It serves as a crucial transportation artery for commuters and residents alike, making it all the more important to find the individual responsible for this tragedy.
Sheriff Figueroa and his team are dedicated to conducting a thorough investigation, and they are counting on the support and cooperation of the local community to help identify the hit-and-run driver. Together, we can work towards ensuring that justice is served and preventing such heart-wrenching incidents from happening in the future.
If you have any information about the incident or the dark sedan involved, please contact the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office or any of the collaborating law enforcement agencies. Your help could make a significant difference in this ongoing investigation.