Schenectady fist fight escalates to hit-and-run, pregnant woman in serious condition

The third victim suffered a serious head injury during the incident.

Victor Thompson (Schenectady PD)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police said a Schenectady man struck three pedestrians, two fences, and a home before fleeing the scene of the accident. One of the victims was a 36-year-old woman who is five months pregnant.

Victor Thompson, 21, was charged with one count of Assault in the First Degree, one count of Assault in the Second Degree, two counts of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, and one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.

Police said an auto-pedestrian accident took place near the intersection of Chestnut Street and Victory Avenue around 12:40 p.m. Thursday. According to police, a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Thompson left the roadway and struck three pedestrians.

chestnut street victor thompson

The first victim is a 26-year-old male from Schenectady. He was treated on scene and then taken to Ellis Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The second victim was a 20-year-old male from Schenectady. Police said he arrived at Ellis Hospital by a private transport, treated for minor injuries, and released.

Police said Thompson’s friend was in a fist fight when he stole the Malibu and intentionally struck the man his friend was fighting. Thompson was attempting to end the fight by running over the male and struck both of them, according to police.

“In the course of that, he hit not only the individual he was aiming for, his friends as well,” Schenectady Police Lt. Mark McCracken said. “Then proceeded to drive up the lawn and onto the sidewalk striking a 36-year-old city resident seriously injuring her.”

The woman, who is also 5-months pregnant, was taken to Albany Medical Center where she is being treated for a head injury and is in serious condition.

Police said Thompson also knocked down two different fences before coming to rest against 22 Chestnut St. He abandoned the car and fled on foot but was later arrested.

“It was like chaos,” resident Cynthia Farmer said. “Everyone was just running all over the place.”

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, neighbors said they were just trying to process everything because it happened so fast.

“This is the after effect,” Farmer said. “I was more worried about her and her unborn child because they said she was pregnant.”

Thompson is facing a slew of felony charges and is being held in city lock up and will be arraigned in city court later on Friday morning.

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