Suffolk County Police Department

Man Charged In Deadly Boy Scout Crash: 'I Take Responsibility For My Role'

October 11, 2018 - 12:06 pm

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A Long Island man charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with a crash that claimed the life of a Boy Scout is apologizing and taking responsibility for his "role" in the deadly incident.

At a court conference in Central Islip, 59-year-old Thomas Murphy released a letter saying he offers his "deepest sympathy and condolences" to the family of 12-year-old Andrew McMorris.

As WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported, the letter says, "I take responsibility for my role in the tragic accident that resulted in the death of a wonderful boy." It goes on to say Murphy will cooperate fully with the district attorney's office.

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Authorities say Murphy was drunk wen he slammed his Mercedes-Benz into a group of Boy Scouts on their way to a hike in Manorville on Sept. 30.  

Murphy admitted to police he drank three beers at a golf club before getting behind the wheel, Hall reported.

Murphy's blood alcohol level has not yet been released.

In a statement, McMorris’ parents said he was an artful, active child. He was an honors student, very bright, and he loved to fly. In fact, his parents said Andrew wanted to fly before he could even walk.

Murphy is out on $500,000 bond.