OSWEGO – On Friday (July 19) Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes announced that the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has denied parole to Peter Rauch.
Rauch is serving a sentence of 2 to 6 years for Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Incident.
Those convictions stem from Rauch’s operation of a motor vehicle while in intoxicated condition during the early morning hours of March 21, 2017, during which he struck 18-year old Seth Collier in the city of Syracuse.
Collier later died as a result of the injuries that he suffered that night.
Rauch fled the scene and never called 911 or sought medical assistance for the teenager.
District Attorney Oakes confirmed that he has advised Seth Collier’s parents of the parole board’s decision.
“While I’m pleased that parole was denied, Seth’s parents should never have had to worry about whether their son’s killer would be released,” Oakes said, “It is ridiculous that Rauch was even eligible for parole.”
After Rauch was sentenced in November of 2017, District Attorney Oakes criticized the New York State Legislature for failing to enact tougher laws that would allow for longer sentences for DWI fatalities.
Oakes renewed his criticism this week.
“More than two years have passed since Seth’s death. During that time, more families have lost loved ones to drunk and drugged drivers, yet the state has failed to reform the law so that courts may impose appropriate sentences,” je said.
Oakes noted that the maximum penalty for Vehicular Manslaughter 2nd (2-1/3 to 7 years) is the same penalty that may be imposed for possessing a forged check.
Oakes encouraged those who are upset about Rauch’s sentence and eligibility for parole release, to contact their state legislators.
“If a legislator’s child were killed, legislation providing greater punishment would have been introduced the next day. We should not have to wait for such a tragedy for Albany to act,” Oakes said.