One of the Indian River County Boy Scouts struck by a drunk Mercedes driver has died. The motorist admitted he had been drinking at a golf club right before the incident.
Sixteen people including a 12-year-old and four fellow Troop 161 Scouts were hiking along Fellsmere Road in Indian River County when a drunk 41-year-old man veered off the road and slammed into them, officials said.
Cops said, they found the 41-year-old reeking of booze, wobbling on his feet and slurring his speech.
“I was coming from the Fellsmere Golf Club. Yes, I had three drinks,” the Gifford resident told investigators shortly after the crash, according to a criminal complaint.
The 12-year-old was flown by helicopter to Delray Medical Center, then airlifted to another hospital in Palm Beach County where he succumbed to his injuries.
“Our Scouting family is going through a terribly painful time,” the Indian River County chapter of the Boy Scouts said in a statement. Our condolences are with the family of the deceased.
“I knew he was going to grow up to be a wonderful man,” a neighbor said.
“He would always play here in front of my house because it was safe,” she said, recalling how the boy’s parents would set up traffic cones on the tranquil cul-de-sac. “I’m praying for them right now.”
The other nine injured Scouts were hospitalized.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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