Accused Drunk Driver Appears In Court To Face Charges In Death Of Boy Scout

By WCBS Newsradio 880

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — The man accused of driving drunk and hitting and killing a Long Island boy scout faced a judge on Monday.

Thomas Murphy is accused of killing 12-year-old Andrew McMorris and injuring four other scouts on Sept. 30, when he slammed his Mercedes-Benz into their group as they walked home in Manorville.

“I lost a piece of my heart. My husband, my daughter, we all lost something so great that anybody can ever imagine,” Alisa McMorris, Andrew’s mother, said at a Central Islip courthouse.

Murphy faces upgraded charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, assault, vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

The judge says they are close to coming to a possible plea in this case and that could happen at the next court date on March 25— something the family desperately wants.

“On September 30th, I was given a life sentence without my son. My son was given a life sentence. Today, we hope, that in two months, we will see justice for the death of my baby,” McMorris said.

Four other boys, ranging in age from 12 to 16, were also injured in the accident and attended the trial.

Prosecutors say Murphy was drunk, with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.18, at the time of the crash.

Murphy has previously taken responsibility for the accident and once again apologized to McMorris family in court.