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Driver charged in fatal Long Island Boy Scout crash

MELVILLE, N.Y. -- The man accused of killing a 12-year-old Boy Scout while driving drunk issued a statement Thursday outside a Central Islip courthouse taking responsibility for his "role" on Sept. 30 when his Mercedes-Benz plowed into a group of Scouts walking on a Manorville roadside.

However, the statement from Thomas Murphy, 59, of Holbrook, did not specify what his role was. His attorney cautioned that the statement should not be interpreted that Murphy would plead guilty to his current charge of driving while intoxicated or any upgraded charges expected in a coming indictment.

Murphy is accused of being intoxicated when his car veered off David Terry Road and hit the group. Andrew McMorris, 12, of Wading River, died the next day from his injuries.

Murphy's statement, which was read by his attorney, Stephen G. McCarthy Jr. of Manhattan, said: "I, Thomas Murphy, want to offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and loved ones of Andrew McMorris. I take responsibility for my role in the tragic accident that occurred on September 30, 2018, which resulted in the death of a wonderful boy, and the injury of four other boys. I also want to offer my sympathy to the families of the other injured boys, Thomas Lane, Denis Lane, Kaden Lynch and Matthew Yakaboski."

It continued: "I will cooperate fully with the Suffolk County district attorney's office during their investigation of this tragic accident. Again, I am deeply sorry. Myself, and my family, offer our prayers to the McMorris family in this extraordinarily painful and difficult time."

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McCarthy said his client was too upset to read the statement himself, and made it public "because he's astoundingly sad and remorseful."

The case was adjourned after a brief appearance. Court records show Murphy's next appearance is scheduled for Nov. 7.

--Newsday

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