SCPD: Man Arrested for DWI after Motor Vehicle Crash Injures Group of Boys Scouts

Thomas Murphy of Holbrook, 59, struck a group of five scouts walking on the shoulder of the roadway while driving drunk, cops say.

Print Email

SCPD arrested Thomas Murphy of Holbrook, 59, for DWI.

Photo by: Suffolk County Police Department

Manorville, NY - October 1, 2018 - Suffolk County Police arrested a man for driving while intoxicated after a motor vehicle crash injured pedestrians in Manorville on Sunday, September 30.
Thomas Murphy was driving a 2016 Mercedes southbound on David Terry Road at approximately 1:55 p.m when his vehicle struck a group of Boys Scouts who were walking northbound on the shoulder of the roadway. Five scouts, from Troop 161 of the Boys Scouts of America, ranging in age from 12 to 16, were struck by the vehicle.
Andrew McMorris, 12, of Wading River, died of injuries sustained when he was struck by the vehicle. McMorris was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and then transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital following the crash.
Thomas Lane, 15, of Shoreham, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries. Denis Lane, 16, of Shoreham, Kaden Lynch, 15, of Calverton, and Matthew Yakaboski, 15, of Calverton, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Murphy, 59, of Holbrook, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He will be held overnight at the Seventh Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on October 1.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220 TIPS.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.