Arrest made in Schenectady hit-and-run that left man seriously hurt

February 02, 2018 11:32 PM

SCHENECTADY - Schenectady police have made an arrest in a hit and run that left a man badly hurt.

"We still don't have a prognosis we still don't know the extent of his injuries," Brittany Thackrah said.

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The hit and run back on January 12th in Schenectady left 55 year old Jet Thackrah with broken ribs and a broken skull.

He was transferred from Albany Med to Sunnyview Rehab, two days ago.

"He spent 19 days in the ICU and those 19 days that person lay their head down in their bed," Brittany said.

Today, the Thackrah's believe they finally got an answer to who could have done this.

64-year-old Clifford Oathout of Amsterdam was arrested, charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury. 

"I was ecstatic. I didn't think that after this amount of time, it's been approximately three weeks, that they weren't going to catch the guy," Brittany added.

The story of what led police to Oathout is just as incredible.

Brittany says Oathout was drinking at a bar when he confessed to a stranger. 

"Loose lips (he) told somebody who happened to be a retired police officer," Brittany said.

We asked Sgt. Matt Dearing if that's what led investigators to Oathout and he only said this:

"Several days after the accident we actually reached out to the public for some assistance in regard to anyone who had been in that area."

Brittany also explained police told her Oathout was here waiting with her dad when they arrived but there was no debris, no paint chips, no clear evidence to prove Oathaut did it, so police let him go.

We asked Sgt. Dearing if that was true and he said he didn't know.

"I don't know if anyone actually spoke to him that day, like I said, our traffic officers did respond to the call," Dearing said.

"He sat there and watched my father bleeding on the street and didn't say anything and didn't come forward and then the guilt got to him and he finally confessed to somebody," Brittany said.


Karen Tararache

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