MANORVILLE, NY – Thomas Murphy of Holbrook was found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter for killing a 12-year old Boy Scout in a drunk driving accident in September 2018.
Eighteen people, including 12-year-old victim Andrew McMorris and four other Boy Scouts, were hiking on David Terry Road in Manorville when Murphy lost control of his vehicle and ran into them. McMorris was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he later died of his injuries. Three other Boy Scouts were injured in the crash.
According to the authorities that arrived at the scene, Murphy smelled of alcohol, was unable to stand up straight, and was slurring his words. He reportedly told investigators, “I was coming from the Swan Lake Golf Club. Yes, I had three drinks.” When asked to take a breathalyzer test, Murphy refused.
In the upcoming sentencing phase of his trial, Murphy faces up to 25 years in prison.
Disclaimer: This post should not be construed as legal advice. The injury lawyers of Finz & Finz, P.C., regularly update our readers on the latest news in New York and Long Island to make our community safer. We are committed to helping those who’ve been hurt in accidents in our community know what to do to keep themselves and their families safe, and if you’ve been injured in an accident, we can help.