Drunken driver who killed Skidmore Student, injured two others pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter

A 65-year-old man accused of driving drunk on Halloween and killing one person and severely injuring two others, pleaded guilty Monday in Saratoga County Court to first-degree vehicular manslaughter. Thomas H. Gorman, of Birch Meadow Estates, admitted in court that his actions on Oct. 31 ultimately caused the death of 19-year-old Skidmore College student Michael Hedges, and injuries suffered by Skidmore College freshmen Oban Gailbraith and Toby Freeman.

Gorman was driving on Clinton Street in the town of Greenfield and near the college campus when he crossed onto the gravel section of the shoulder where the students were walking, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office, adding that Gorman’s blood alcohol level – at .20 BAC - was more than twice the legal threshold.

In a statement, county District Attorney Karen Heggen said, Gorman’s choice to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle at that time “was a callous and wanton disregard for the safety of others.”

Gorman will be sentenced at Saratoga County Court on March 21.