One of five Boy Scouts who was struck by a suspected drunk driver on a Long Island road Sunday has died from his injuries.
Thomas Murphy, 59, was driving a Mercedes at about 2 p.m. when his vehicle struck the group walking north on David Terry Rd. in Manorville, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
The child who died was identified as 12-year-old Andrew McMorris.
“We are sad to confirm the death of one of our youth members following a vehicle-related incident while hiking,” the Suffolk County Council of the Boy Scouts of America said Monday. “We offer our deepest condolences to the victim’s family, and we will support them in any way we can.”
Murphy “had a strong odor of an alcohol beverage on his breath, slurred speech” and was unsteady on his feet, according to the criminal complaint. He was charged with driving while intoxicated.
“Are the kids OK?” Murphy asked cops, according to the complaint. “I know you are going to arrest me.”
He admitted to having three drinks and said he was coming from the Swan Lake Golf Club in Manorville. He refused a blood test, according to cops.
Suffolk County DA Tim Sini said investigators are looking into whether additional charges should be filed.
“This is a heartbreaking tragedy for these boys, their families, the Boy Scouts, and all of Suffolk County,” he said. “As a parent, I cannot imagine enduring the pain that has been inflicted upon these victims’ loved ones.”
The other four Scouts, from Troop 161, were also injured. Thomas Lane, 15, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries. Denis Lane, 16, Kaden Lynch, 15, and 15-year-old Matthew Yakaboski sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Murphy, of Holbrook, made his first court appearance on Monday and was held on $500,000 bond. His license was suspended for refusing to take the blood test and for “gross negligence” in the operation of a vehicle.