Home News Arrest made in January death of SUNY New Paltz student (VIDEO)

Arrest made in January death of SUNY New Paltz student (VIDEO)

Ty D. Kobelt

PALTZ NEW For the January 23, 2024, incident in which a 22-year-old SUNY New Paltz student named Raymond Rattray was struck and killed while walking home from class, a 33-year-old Gardiner man has been charged, taken into custody, and placed under arrest. Tyler Ty Kobelt was taken into custody on Friday, March 22, 2024, after he was indicted on Thursday, March 21, by the Ulster County Grand Jury after a thorough investigation.

He was charged with manslaughter, fleeing the scene of a fatal car collision, and tampering with tangible evidence earlier today (Monday). Kobelt was remanded to the Ulster County Jail after being arraigned on a $250,000 cash bail, a $500,000 bond, or a $750,000 partly-secured bond.

On Monday, Ulster County DA Emmanuel Nneji, County Executive Jen Metzger, and representatives from SUNY New Paltz joined Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa in making the announcement on the campus where Rattray was a fifth-year junior.

On January 23, after class, Raymond Rattray, a New York City native, was strolling to his off-campus residence. When Kobelt struck and killed him, according to police, he was on the shoulder of Route 208. Rattray was flung twenty feet from the incident site and landed in a forested area, while Kobelt drove his damaged automobile southward.

The student’s body was located shortly after Ulster County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a body found in a wooded area alongside Route 208 between Hawk Drive and Cross Creek Road at 1:16 p.m. on the following day.

Kobelt’s choice to drive off was criticized by Sheriff Figueroa as showing a lack of regard for human life.

According to County Executive Jen Metzger, there have been four pedestrian fatalities in Ulster County as a result of hit-and-run incidents recently, and steps are being made to stop the tragedies.

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