MANORVILLE, NY- According to abc11.com, a drunk driver struck a group of Boy Scouts on Sunday, September 30, 2018. The crash took place at about 2 in the afternoon when the group of Scouts was walking along the roadside on their way to a hike. The boys were part of Troop 161, and there were adults with them when the incident took place.
The driver injured 5 of the Scouts. The victims ranged from 12 to 16 years of age, and all of them were transported to hospitals for treatment. One of the victims was administered CPR at the scene of the crash, and one of the other boys was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital’s Trauma Center via airlift. The boy has been listed in critical condition.
The other victims were taken to the Peconic Bay Medical Center.
The driver was identified as Thomas Murphy, 59, of Holbrook. Holbrook was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and was scheduled to appear in court on October 1, 2018, in Central Islip.
Drunk driving deaths have gone down over the last three decades by about one-third. The decline in drunk driving fatalities is the result of many groups working to raise awareness and increase penalties for violations of drunk driving laws. Despite the drop in deaths, alcohol still contributes to many fatal collisions across the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of close to 29 people are killed in America every day in accidents where alcohol plays a factor. Annually, about 10,000 lives are lost in these accidents.
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