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Man killed in Rotterdam hit-and-run

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Man killed in Rotterdam hit-and-run

Police continue the search for an SUV that left the scene of the accident.
Man killed in Rotterdam hit-and-run
Inshan Ali, 47, of Schenectady, was killed here along Hamburg St. 100 feet north of Schermerhorn St. in Rotterdam in a hit and run on Sunday night.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

Rotterdam police are continuing their search for a sports utility vehicle that struck and killed a man late Sunday night.

Police said Inshan Ali, 47, of Schenectady, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigating officers said the accident occurred on Hamburg Street at the intersection of Schermerhorn street at 11:47 p.m. Detectives learned the SUV was traveling north on Hamburg and, after striking the man, continued north.

Mozelle Peterson, who lives on Hamburg Street directly across from Schermerhorn, heard sounds from the accident.

“I heard a thump,” Peterson said Monday afternoon. “I thought somebody hit the side of the house with a rock or something.”

Peterson went outside and said he didn’t even notice a body on the side of the road at first—in front of an apartment house on the Schermerhorn side of Hamburg—because of the darkness. He said some people came walking up Hamburg and looked at the body.

“My son came out and took the guy’s pulse,” Peterson said. “He had no pulse.”

Peterson and his next door neighbor, Bob Johnson, said high speeds on Hamburg near Schermerhorn have been a neighborhood problem. “People fly up and down this road,” Peterson said. “I’m surprised this is the first fatality.”

A 35 mph speed limit sign is posted not far from the intersection. “Not too many abide by it,” Johnson said.

“They do about 45, 50, 60, miles per hour,” Peterson added. “It doesn’t matter if they’re coming off the bridge or going the other way. It’s insane.”

Lt. Michael Brown of the Rotterdam Police detective division said Ali was in the road when he was hit.

“We don’t exactly know why he was there, but the accident took place in the road,” Brown said.

Police said the SUV may be white, and could be a Honda Pilot or CRV. The vehicle left the scene with significant damage on the front passenger side; the windshield also was shattered.

Anyone with information about the accident — either local residents or people traveling Hamburg at the time — are asked to contact police at 355-7397.

Reach Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 395-3124 or at wilkin@dailygazette.com or @jeffwilkin1 on Twitter or follow his blog Type A to Z.

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