Man Pleads Not Guilty To 16 Charges After Running Into A Group Of Boy Scouts, Killing One
In New York, a charge of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide is basically a charge of 1st Degree Vehicular Manslaughter paired with a charge of Reckless Driving. A person can be charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide if they cause the death of at least one person and seriously injure at least one other person. It can also apply if the person killed is under 15 years of age. It is a Class-B felony with a minimum of 5 years to a maximum of 25 years incarceration. Incarceration on an Aggravated Vehicular Homicide charge is mandatory.
NBC New York reports on a man facing multiple charges, including Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in a Long Island crash that killed a Boy Scout.
Thomas Murphy had allegedly spent the day at Swan Lake Golf Club playing golf and drinking large amounts of vodka on September 30, 2018. He allegedly refused a ride home from a colleague before locking himself in his car. On the way home, he swerved onto the shoulder of the road, where he drove into a group of scouts who were walking in single-file along with parents.
12-year-old Andrew Morris succumbed to his injuries, and a 15-year-old suffered from serious injuries in the crash. Another 15-year-old and a 16-year-old also suffered from minor injuries.
On Tuesday, Thomas Murphy once again refused to plead guilty to the 16 charges he is facing. Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Judge Fernando Camacho accused Thomas of delaying the court case with his refusal to take a plea deal in the case. Thomas is facing charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree manslaughter, and aggravated driving while intoxicated in addition to 13 other charges. The top charge carries up to 25 years in prison.
Thomas is due back in court on May 2nd. If no plea deal is reached by that time, a trial will begin in June.