Prosecutor: SUV Driver Lied About Fatal Scooter Hit & Run

ROXBURY (CBS) – A Roslindale man was ordered held on $7,500 bail Monday in connection with a deadly hit-and-run last fall in Roxbury.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

23-year-old Colin Ratiu pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Roxbury District Court.

Prosecutors say he was driving the SUV that stuck and killed 24-year-old Andrew Prior on Tremont Street November 14.

The force of the crash knocked Prior off his scooter and launched it more than 100 feet into the air.

The SUV Ratiu was driving was not registered to him.

Assistant District Attorney David Bradley said Ratiu lied to the SUV’s owner to explain away the heavy front end damage.

“Ratiu had told that person that he was operating that motor vehicle the night of the accident and swerved to avoid a skunk and then hit something and then took off without stopping,” Bradley said.

Police credit a witness with leading them to Ratiu.

Andrew Prior was a Northeastern University graduate who studied sign language. He was killed just before starting a new job as an interpreter.

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  • NewbieTo Boston

    Why didn’t the registered owner come forward when he told that story? Why allow the SUV to be hidden for months?

    • Christian420

      Becuase the owner was HIS MOM I know Colin personally and the reason is because the owner was HIS MOM that let him drive it and beleaved her son at first

  • benny23

    oh my god….that is very un acceptable, he lied to owner of the car, and told a stupid reason why the car was damaged? that is not right!! He is afraid to tell the truth. Wow, 7, 500 is not enough! Mental problem is what he dealing with?

  • cynic

    I find it hard to believe that the owner of the Vehicle bought the story and then lleft it hidden behind his house without putting in a claim to the insurance company. Something doesn’t smell quite right here.

  • Amelia Nigro

    Hoping all the deception will result in a hard line to be drawn in this case. Too many cars with bad drivers on the road. Accidents will continue to occur unless more consequences are faced when someone is harmed or killed!!

  • Jo

    Unacceptable. This “man” is going to say he almost hit a skunk when he knew damn well he hit a person. What is wrong with this guy.

  • Brad

    Had a friend who used to work with this guy. Said she wasn’t surprised to find out he did this and that he was a real loser. It sucks that people actually live on this Earth that are so selfish. His bail should have been set at $750,000.

  • Christian Terrill

    I Went to school with him In Mercer Island , WA at MIHS and was very good friends with both him and his brother. He was a very nice person deep down so Im shocked to hear about this. I herd this from another friend and couldnt beleave it had to see for my self. ITs reallyy a sad story all around. Colin should have to pay for what he did he was DRUNK when he struck the person, just the police dont even know/ cant prove it

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