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Wilton driver who struck, killed Skidmore student to be sentenced

Wilton driver who struck, killed Skidmore student to be sentenced

The Wilton man who admitted in February to striking and killing a Skidmore College student on Hallow
Wilton driver who struck, killed Skidmore student to be sentenced
Thomas Gorman

The Wilton man who admitted in February to striking and killing a Skidmore College student on Halloween night and injuring two others while driving drunk is to be sentenced Monday afternoon.

Thomas Gorman, 65, of Birch Meadows Estates, pleaded guilty in February to first-degree vehicular manslaughter in connection to the crash that killed 19-year-old freshman Michael Hedges.

He is to be sentenced in Saratoga County Court to at least 4 to 12 years in state prison and as much as 5 to 15 years. Judge James A. Murphy III is to make the final determination.

Gorman also pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular assault.

Statements from those representing the victims are expected.

Gorman hit the three students on rural Clinton Street, about a half-mile north of the Skidmore campus, at about 11:15 p.m. on Halloween.

He admitted he had been drinking before the incident, which occurred as a large number of students were walking in the road because of an off-campus Halloween party.

Skidmore freshman Michael Hedges, 19, of Lenox, Massachusetts, died from his injuries early the next morning.

The two other students — freshmen Toby Freeman, 19, of New York City, and Oban Galbraith, 18, of Shelburne, Vermont — were injured..

Gorman’s driver’s license is revoked as a result of his plea. When he gets out of prison, if his license is restored, he will have to use an ignition interlock system on any vehicle he owns or operates for three years.

Once an employee of the college’s dining services, Gorman has been in jail since his arrest that night.

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