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Driver indicted in roadside death of Boy Scout

October 12, 2018

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — A driver accused of plowing into a group of Boy Scouts on Long Island, killing one of them, has been indicted on charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and assault.

A 16-count indictment was filed Thursday against 59-year-old Thomas Murphy in the Sept. 30 mayhem that killed 12-year-old Andrew McMorris.

Authorities say Murphy was driving drunk when he struck Andrew and four other scouts as they were walking along the shoulder of a road.

Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said Friday that “nothing will bring Andrew back” but authorities can at least hold Murphy accountable for his actions.

Sini said Murphy drove recklessly and caused the death of Andrew and the serious injury of another boy.

An attorney for Murphy did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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