MANORVILLE, N.Y. — A boy has died after an alleged drunk driver plowed into a group of Boy Scouts on Long Island, police said Monday.
Andrew McMorris, 12, died from his injuries after he and four other scout members were struck by a vehicle while they were hiking along the road in Manorville, according to police.
Thomas Murphy, 59, of Holbrook, was driving a 2016 Mercedes in Manorville just before 2 p.m. Sunday when he struck and injured the five scouts from Troop 161, Suffolk County police said.
Murphy was taken into custody and faces drunk driving charges.
One scout, 15, was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries. Three other scouts, ages 15 and 16, were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Witnesses said there were about a dozen scouts walking with adults. The children were allegedly all wearing bright red clothing.
Ryan DiBernardo of the Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America confirmed one of the members died following “a vehicle-related incident while hiking” and offered condolences to the victim’s family.
“As part of the Suffolk County Council, our Scouting family is going through a terribly painful time. We are sad to confirm the death of one of our youth members following a vehicle-related incident while hiking. We offer our deepest condolences to the victim’s family, and we will support them in any way that we can. Our thoughts remain with the Scouts still recovering from this incident. Please join us in keeping all those affected in your thoughts and prayers.”
During an arraignment Monday, Murphy allegedly admitted he had been drinking. His next court date is Oct. 11.