Drunk driver who hit students used to work at Skidmore

SKIDMORE COLLEGE (NEWS10) — Officials say Gorman, who hit and killed a Skidmore College student and badly injured two others once worked for the college from 1990-2006 and told deputies that Skidmore warned people not to walk on the street because “it is dangerous in the dark.”

“They told me not to walk there because it is not well lit,” Gorman explained. “The college has emphasized this. I’m sorry that it happened. It wasn’t intentional.”

Gorman told an investigator that he saw one group of people walking on Clinton Street, which is on the western edge of the campus. The crash occurred just north of the Saratoga Springs city line.

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“I saw the first group of people which I went to the left side of the road. The second group of people which I approached I stayed to the left,” Gorman allegedly said.

“The next thing I know I hear a big thump and I got shards of glass on me and inside my car,” he continued. “I stopped and I heard a bunch of people start yelling.”

“I don’t know if these people were drinking or not.”

Gorman however, was – according to the Saratoga County Sheriff Office.

Investigators said he failed a field sobriety test and had an open alcoholic beverage container in his vehicle when his car slammed into the three students.

UPDATE: The preliminary hearing for Thomas Gorman scheduled by the Greenfield Town Court has been adjourned until December 14.

Gorman is charged, at this time, with Driving While Intoxicated, in violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1192, as a misdemeanor, Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, in violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1227, a violation, and Vehicular Assault in the First Degree, in violation of Penal Law Section 120.04.

It is alleged that Gorman, operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition and that he caused serious physical injury to another person and that he did so having previously been convicted of Driving While Ability Impaired pursuant to Vehicle and Traffic Law on or about October 16, 2013.

Michael Hedges grandfather, John MacGillivray, released this statement on Facebook:

“At 4:00 AM this morning my wife, Dorothy Connolly, and I received a phone call in which we were informed that our 19 year old grandson, Michael Hedges, while walking with two friends back to their dorm at Skidmore College was struck by a drunk driver at 11:19 PM on Saturday evening. All 3 students were flown to Albany Medical Center. We immediately dressed and left for the hospital. While on the Mass Pike we were informed that Michael had died at 6:05 AM today. Michael was an exceptional individual who was just coming in to his own. I have not been able to come to grips with the senselessness of this act. I do want to thank all those that have reached out to us and offered their support and condolences. And I am in awe of the Lenox community and how they have rallied to support one of their own in this tragic time. Please pray for all the families involved in this tragedy.”


UPDATE: Police say 18-year-old Oban Galbraith’s condition has been upgraded to serious and 19-year-old Toby Freeman has been upgraded to fair condition.

The vigil service tonight at Skidmore College begins at 8 p.m. in Zankel Music Center and will be followed by a candlelight vigil at the Thomas amphitheater outside, adjacent to the music center.

SARATOGA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local college student is dead, and two others are in critical condition Monday morning after being hit by a drunk driver Halloween night.

The Saratoga County Sheriff says the three Skidmore College students were walking on Clinton Street when they were hit.19-year-old Michael Hedges, of Lenox, Massachusetts was killed and 18-year-old Oban Galbraith and 19-year-old Toby Freeman were sent to Albany Med, where they are still in critical condition.

Authorities say 64-year-old Thomas Gorman is the driver who hit them, he’s now charged with felony vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated. The D.A. says he could face additional charges as the investigation unfolds.

“The defendant who is charged made a choice that made all the different in the lives of these three individuals – and that’s tragic,” said Karen Heggen, Saratoga Co. D.A.

The counseling center hours at the school have been extended in the wake of the accident. There will be a campus gathering at 8 p.m. Monday.

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