One of the Indian River County Boy Scouts struck by a Mercedes driver over the weekend has died, officials said as the motorist admitted he had been drinking at a golf club right before the incident.
Twelve people including a 13-year-old and four fellow Troop 161 Scouts were hiking along Fellsmere Road in Indian River County when an impared 38-year old man veered off the road and struck them, officials said.
Cops said they found the 38-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 13-year old was flown by helicopter to hosipial, 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.
The other nine injured Scouts were hospitalized. Anyone with additional information concerning the car crash is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol Department.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to distracted driving. “In my many years as a Personal Injury Lawyer I’ve helped many victims that were injured because someone was distracted and crashed into their vehicles. If you’ve been injured by someone because they weren’t paying attention to the road, please call me so I can help you get compensation for your damages.”
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