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SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A 27-year-old Saratoga Springs man was killed in a hit-and-run incident early Thursday morning that police said may have been intentional.

Police said they were called to Henry Street at around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, where they found Ryan Rossley lying on the street being assisted by others.

Rossley was taken by helicopter to the Albany Medical Center, and his injuries were considered "life-threatening," police said.

Law enforcement officials announced shortly after 8 p.m. that Rossley had died from his injuries at 5:50 p.m.

Lt. Gregory Veitch said any possible charges in the incident would be more severe because of the death.

"But we're not saying there are any charges to be had at this point," he said.

Saratoga Springs police said an altercation preceded the hit-and-run, and the two events could well be related. Police would not comment about the nature of the altercation or whether a weapon was used, however.

Police are looking for the driver of a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Nissan Maxima, last seen traveling south on Henry Street.

Other details - including whether alcohol was a factor in the case, or where those believed to be involved may have been earlier in the evening - could also not be shared until the investigation was complete, police said.

Police Chief Christopher Cole did say, however, that those involved had likely been celebrating the St. Patrick's Day holiday at one of the downtown bars.

Several witnesses have been interviewed, but Sgt. John Catone, who is overseeing the investigation, said more information and witnesses were being sought.

It was unclear how long the process would take, he said.

"I'm not going to put any kind of a timeline on it, but I can say that we are following up on any lead that comes our way," Catone said.

Police would not rule out the possibility that they may be seeking more than one suspect.

Henry Street between Caroline and Phila streets was blocked off for most of the day as investigators, including a team from the New York State Police, investigated the incident.

Rossley's parents are both educators in the Schuylerville Central School District. His father is retired, while his mother is a teacher, according to Ryan Sherman, the district superintendent.

Sherman called the incident a tragedy.

Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area and may have witnessed any part of the incident to call them at 584-1800.

The department's anonymous tip line, 584-8477, can also be used.

Post-Star reporters Nick Reisman and Thomas Dimopoulos contributed to this report.



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