After an extensive and comprehensive investigation, coupled with some highly useful and valuable information provided courtesy of concerned community members, today, Friday, February 11, 2011, Homicide investigators identified and arrested the individual responsible for the fatal hit and run accident that claimed the life of Andrew Prior, 24, of Boston.
Today, officers arrested Colin Ratiu, 23, of Boston and charged him with Motor Vehicle Homicide and Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident after Causing Death.
At about 11:43pm, on Sunday, November 14, 2010, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Tremont and Terrace Streets. On arrival, officers located and observed a male victim suffering from what appeared to be life threatening injuries. The victim was transported to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim was later identified as Andrew Prior, 24, of Boston. Prior was struck as he drove his scooter along Tremont Street near the corner of Columbus Avenue in Roxbury. The suspect vehicle, after striking Prior, continued along Tremont Street and never stopped to check on his condition or well being.
In efforts to locate the suspect wanted in connection with this tragic incident, Homicide detectives made several public pleas, released pictures of what they believed to be the vehicle, as well as, surveillance video taken of the actual suspect vehicle as it fled the scene.
Investigators asked community members to assist this investigation by being on the lookout for a gray or silver Hyundai Santa Fe (2001 to 2006 model), the vehicle used in the accident, and, thankfully, many did.
To those who called the Homicide Unit, the CrimeStopper Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or texted the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME, the Boston Police Department would like to thank those who made the effort and took the time to assist this investigation.