Drunk driving continues to plague our country and state. This time, a drunk driver drove his vehicle into a troop of Boy Scouts on Sunday, September 30, 2018, just before 2:00pm. The accident occurred in Manorville, New York in Suffolk County on David Terry Road. According to a report by the Riverhead Patch, Boy Scout Troop 161 out of Shoreham, were hiking along the shoulder of the road, when Thomas Murphy of Holbrook drove into them in his 2016 Mercedes.
Five of the boy scouts were struck in this tragic accident, with a 12-year old Andrew McMorris of Wading River dying as a result. The 4 other boys were transported to area hospitals, with one of the boys having sustained serious injuries as a result. Thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families as a result of this senseless and avoidable tragedy.
It is unfathomable as a parent to lose one’s child under these circumstances. Drunk driving continues to be a source of tragedy and outrage in our society, yet it keeps happening. From a legal perspective, victims and families of victims have civil legal recourse against the drunk driver, but that does not bring a loved one back nor does it fully heal the injuries sustained as a result. The criminal justice system seems to provide little deterrence as these types of accidents continue to occur.