Man identified in fatal hit-and-run, suspect on the loose

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police have identified the victim in a fatal hit-and-run as 47-year-old Inshan Ali, of Schenectady.

Police continue to searching for the driver who killed Ali as he was walking along Hamburg Street near Schermerhorn around midnight.

One man told NEWS10 ABC that prior to the fatal incident, Ali had had been enjoying drinks and a round of pool just up the street at Fritz’s Taproom. He said Ali left peacefully.
Inshan Ali

But instead of getting into his car, which was parked outside, police said Ali left on foot. It also doesn’t appear that he was headed north in the direction of Schenectady where he lived. Rather he walked south on Hamburg Street.

A Hamburg Street resident told NEWS10 ABC’s Anya Tucker that minutes before the fatal hit-and-run, his girlfriend had been woken up by Ali making noises outside their home. He said when his girlfriend confronted, Ali he told her, “They’re trying to kill me.”

Rotterdam police said no one actually saw Ali get hit, but many neighbors did hear a loud thud. When they went out to investigate, neighbors told police they found a man lying on the ground dead.

Ali’s loved ones tell NEWS10 that Ali had moved to Schenectady from Guyana, and he was two weeks away from becoming a U.S. citizen. He is survived by two young children.

Rotterdam police said Ali had been walking in the street when a driver heading northbound on Hamburg Street struck him. Residents told police they believe the vehicle was a white Honda CRV or Honda Pilot.

Police are now asking for the public’s assistance in solving the case.

They say they are looking for a vehicle that sustained serious, front end damage on the passenger side along with a broken windshield.

If you see a vehicle matching this description, you are asked to give them a call.

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