SUNY New Paltz student Ray Rattray struck, killed by hit-and-run driver near campus

NEWS: SUNY New Paltz student Ray Rattray struck, killed by hit-and-run driver near campus

A SUNY New Paltz student from the Big Apple was fatally mowed down by a hit-and-run driver while walking along a state highway near campus Tuesday, authorities said.

Ray Rattray, 22, was walking home from a class around 5:11 p.m. on the shoulder of the southbound lane of Route 208 when he was struck by a driver traveling in the same direction, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office said.

His body was found in the woods almost a day later about 20 feet from the road.

Ray Rattray was tragically killed in a hit-and-run incident on Tuesday. ABC 7

The vehicle that plowed into Rattray is a dark-colored sedan that sustained front-end damage on the passenger side, the sheriff’s office said.

“Our community mourns the loss of Ray Rattray, who died tragically in a hit-and-run incident off campus on Jan. 23,” SUNY New Paltz said in a statement, describing him as a “friend to many fellow New Paltz Hawks.

The incident happened on Route 208 in New Paltz. ABC 7

Rattray was a philosophy major and part of the men’s rugby club.

A memorial site has been set up on campus where flowers and other commemorations can be placed in his memory, the school said.

A memorial site has been set up for Rattray. Facebook/SUNY New Paltz

“We extend our deepest sympathy to Raymond’s family and friends and to the faculty and staff who had the privilege to know him,” SUNY New Paltz President Darrell Wheeler said in a note to the school community, according to the Times Union.

The Ulster Sheriff’s Department is getting help from state police, as well as the district attorney’s office and New Paltz authorities as the investigation is ongoing.

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